PM Modi Hails Armed Forces’ Decision To Show Solidarity With Corona Warriors

Swarajya Staff

May 02, 2020, 07:55 AM | Updated 07:55 AM IST

PM Modi covering his mouth with the gamcha
PM Modi covering his mouth with the gamcha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (1 May) welcomed the decision of the three defence services to show solidarity with novel Coronavirus warriors by conducting flypast showering petals, saying the country has waged a fight against the pandemic due to courageous frontline warriors.

"I welcome the announcements by the Chief of Defence Staff today. India has waged a strong fight against COVID-19 due to courageous frontline warriors who have cared and cured many. They are spectacular. India applauds them and their families," PM Modi said in a tweet on Friday (1 May).

“Our Armed Forces have always kept the nation safe. Even in times of disasters, they are out there helping people. Now, our Forces are, in a unique way, saying a big thank you to our frontline COVID-19 warriors for their endeavour towards making India COVID-19 free,” PM Modi said in another tweet.

His remarks came after Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said that this Sunday (3 May), the three services will show solidarity with corona warriors in fly-past showering petals.

General Rawat said, "The Air Force will conduct a flypast from Srinagar to Thiruvananthapuram and another one starting from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kutch in Gujarat. It will include both transport and fighter aircraft."

He said there would be showering of petals by helicopters on hospitals that have been involved in saving people from Covid across the country. The Navy would be displaying their formations on the seas and there would be lighting of ships on the seashores expressing solidarity and gratitude to the warriors.

A total 20 sailors from Navy have been affected from Covid-19. The Army will conduct mountain band displays along some of the Covid-19 hospitals in almost every district of the country, he said.

He added that the armed forces will also lay a wreath at the police memorial on 3 May which will mark support for the police forces.

(With inputs from IANS)

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