ITANAGAR, Dec 7 - Along with the rest of the country, Armed Forces Flag Day was observed by the Raj Bhawan here on Monday. Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (retired) Dr B D Mishra and First Lady of the State Neelam Mishra, while adoring the Armed Forces Flag, made generous personal contribution towards the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF).
Armed Forces Flag Day is celebrated every year on December 7, with an objective to collect funds from people for the betterment of the armed forces staff just by selling Indian flags, batches, stickers and other items. Over the years, it has become a tradition to commemorate this day as an honour to the soldiers, sailors and airmen of India. Recalling the inception of the AFFD, the Governor said that in 1949, a committee was set up by Defence Ministry with the sole intention of suggesting ways and means for providing support to the armed forces � Army, Navy and Air Force. The committee suggested distribution and pinning of small flags to citizens in order to collect funds that could help rehabilitate battle casualties, welfare of service personnel, their families and ex-servicemen and their families in dire straits, the Governor said.
The Governor said that the significance of the Flag Day is that it motivates the citizens to be a partner in support of the armed forces who safeguard the integrity of the nation.
Flag Day reminds the citizens of the country that wellbeing of the armed force personnel is in the hands of its citizens and they share this responsibility with the Government of the day. He appealed to the people to contribute towards the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund as a token of gratitude for the sacrifices they make for the country.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pema Khandu took to Twitter to salute the armed forces personnel for their indomitable courage and supreme sacrifices made for the country.
�On #ArmedForcesFlagDay, we salute the indomitable courage and supreme sacrifice of our forces for the country.�
�As an admiration and to give back to our heroes, let�s contribute generously for the welfare of our servicemen and their families. Donate at http://ksb.gov.in/FundPayment.htm,� Khandu stated in a tweet.
The Chief Minister and Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar also made contributions to AFFDF on the occasion. Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mien and Director General of Police RP Upadhyaya, currently out of station, also sent their contributions to the AFFDF collection team. The officers and staff of Raj Bhawan also made generous contributions to AFFDF.