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76th Army Day: History and Significance of 2024 Army Day parade

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New Delhi, Jan 15: India observes Army Day annually on January 15, to honor the sacrifices made by its troops for the nation. This day also commemorates a pivotal moment in 1949 when Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of Independent India, succeeding General FRR Bucher, the last British-serving chief of the Indian Army.

From 1949 to 2022, the Army Day parade was held at the Cariappa Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment. The Chief of Army Staff would review the marching contingents, which also participate in the annual Republic Day Parade.

The 76th Army Day of the Indian Army will be commemorated with a spectacular parade in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. This marks the second consecutive year of relocating the Army Day parade outside of Delhi, with the previous year’s event taking place at the Parade Ground of the MED & Centre in Bengaluru.

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Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Pandey, extended greetings on 76th Army Day, paying homage to fallen soldiers. In his address, he conveyed felicitations and warm wishes to all ranks, civilian employees, veterans, and their families. He solemnly remembered and paid homage to comrades who made the supreme sacrifice in service to the nation, emphasising that their dedication will continue to inspire us.

The Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Droupadi Murmu, the President of India, also extended warm felicitations to the Indian Army on the occasion of the 76th Army Day.

What is special about this year’s Army Day parade?

This year’s Army Day parade holds special significance as Artificial Intelligence will be employed for the first time to select the ‘Best Marching Contingent.’ Major General Salil Seth announced the innovative use of AI in identifying the top-performing contingent.

According to an Army Officer, all marching contingents will follow a specific drill patterns, including raising hands and legs to defined levels and executing movements with weapons within specific time-frames. Utilising cameras to capture individual movements, the computer software, aided by AI, will assign scores for each movement. Human supervision will also be in place to ensure accuracy. The innovative approach has undergone two to three practice sessions,” explained the officer.

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