Today is the 68th Army Day.
It marks the day when in 1949, Lieutenant General (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.
And to celebrate the day, netizens have taken to Twitter to honour real life heroes in one voice.
"Saluting the real heroes on #ArmyDay. Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms!" tweeted a user.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the armed forced with this tweet:
This is how Twitter is celebrating Army Day:
Saluting the indomitable valour, determination & dedication of our Army on Army Day. pic.twitter.com/k8A21aqrgN- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 15, 2016
21 gun salute to all ranks serving, retired & those who are no longer with us, of the brave Indian Army. . Thank you! Jai Hind. #ArmyDay- Gul Panag (@GulPanag) January 15, 2016
Of these real life heroes who fight the real life villains and take the real bullets on their chest. #ArmyDay- Ravinder Singh (@_RavinderSingh_) January 15, 2016
On #ArmyDay, I salute our brave jawans who without any hesitation sacrifice their everything for the safety & security of our country.- Anandiben Patel (@anandibenpatel) January 15, 2016
On 68th #ArmyDay, I would like to salute the valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and the people of India.- Dr. Subhash Chandra (@_SubhashChandra) January 15, 2016
He is the finest specimen of humanity, be a Maratha, a Sikh or a Rajput.He epitomise the secular character of our country.Salute on #ArmyDay- Dinesh Dasa (@dineshdasa1) January 15, 2016
On #ArmyDay I salute our brave men past and present who have kept our nation's flag flying high no matter how tough the battle.- Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) January 15, 2016