Vijay Diwas was observed on December 16th in Bangalore by placing wreaths and paying homage to the statue of Unknown Soldier at the National Military Memorial Park premises. The day marks Indian victory in the war over Pakistan in 1971 which resulted in the liberation of Bangladesh.
The Flags of Honour Foundation honoured families of martyrs from Karnataka – Rifleman K.S. Ravindra who was killed fighting terrorist in Jammu & Kashmir and BSF Constable Bheema Shankar Hadapad, who lost his life fighting the naxals in Chattisgarh and handed over a cheque of Rs. 1 lakh each.
The Foundation also offered financial assistance in kind to Bakya Mary, 65-year-old widow of late Sapper Philomina Raj. She was deserted by her children and wanted to live a life with dignity by earning a living. Mary requested for items consisting of commercial idly maker and accessories, which was handed over to her at the function.
Among the dignitaries present were Lokayukta Justice Santosh N Hegde, Home Minister R Ashoka, Higher Education Minister Dr V S Acharya, State Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar.
The Flags of Honour Foundation is an initiative of Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, who is also the principal donor of the foundation. It is an endeavour to be a platform and a bridge between the citizens who seek to help and the martyr’s families.
"Bravery and the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces personnel go largely unrecognized, unappreciated by the nation and Flags of Honour Foundation is an endeavour to be a platform and a bridge between the citizens who seek to help and the martyr’s families", says Chandrasekhar.
The foundation’s objective is to ensure that India’s fallen heroes are never forgotten and believes that the greatest measure of respect that one can bestow upon a fallen hero is by supporting the family and strives to understand their needs. The foundation identifies the need and requirements of the families of martyrs and effectively route financial, social, and material support and ensure that that the families of the martyrs never endure alone.