"THEY GAVE THEIR TODAY FOR OUR TOMORROW"
Over a 400 of them at last count. Median age 19 to 35. The grim-faced army officers receiving the coffins, draped in the tricolour, the carriage to the army parade ground, the set-jawed shok shastra farewell salute by steely soldiers. The silent sorrow of upraised guns, slowly brought, barrel downward, to the ground, left arm tautly extended to the right before retracking, the holding of palm to chest, the sudden dropping of head, the 30-second hushed silence, then the regulation rajnigandha and marigold wreaths from the army and air chiefs, the general officer commanding, fellow officers, the battalion, before the body escorted by a comrade begins its last journey home. Wreathed in white, the colour of the pure; kesariya, the colour and insignia of the brave. Now across mountains, now across rivers, plains.
The lines of pain crisscross the entire nation.
They did it again. They have risen to defend our Kashmir from the aggression of the enemy. They are sacrificing their lives to defend Kashmir against the evil designs of Muslim fundamentalism. Our heroes of the defence forces are battling with the fundamentalist in KARGIL SECTOR and not allowing them an inch of the country to be occupied. They are forcing the fundamentalists out and have succeeded in their mission to a great extent.
Kashmiri Pandits all over the world are grateful to these worriors and brave sons of the land for defending the Kashmiri Pandit homeland "MAEJ KASHEER" (MOTHER KASHMIR). We the Kashmiri Pandits pay TRIBUTES to these young heroes through this page.
We are trying our best to get information of all the Heroes. If the names of some brave soldiers are not included in the list, it is only that we don't have information about him at present. As soon as we get the info we will put a separate page for the hero.
Nand Ram, father of the martyr, said his son was one of many who had laid down their lives and he was proud of his son. Shyam Singh was one of the three jawans who were killed along with Captain Vikram Batra on the night of July 6.
Hit by a hail of enemy bullets, Lance Naik Shatrughan Singh crawled 10 eerie nights with the maggot-infested wound in his right leg surviving on a handful of boiled rice and snow before being rescued and shifted to a medical facility.
Nations third highest wartime gallantry award VIR CHAKRA was awarded to Lance Naik Gulam Mohammed Khan on 15th August 1999.
God willing peace would come soon,\" Sahu had written to his friend. But death came first.
I am proud of my son as he sacrificed his life while protecting his country, said Abdul Majid Khan, father of Lance Naik Ahmed Ali, who died fighting the intruders in Batalik sector on July 2.
Atop Tololing, he charged an enemy bunker and threw 18 grenades. He was found dead later, rifle in hand. No Tears: Yashvir\'s father says his grandsons too will serve the Indian army.
Although his death\'s left Ganesh\'s young wife Pushpa Rai dazed, she is confident of sending their 18-month-old son Abhishek to complete the unfinished task of my husband.
Lance Naik Vijay Singh of 17 Jat Regiment is survived by his widow, Satwanti, son, Joginder Singh (4), father and mother.
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