New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unfurl the National Flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Wednesday to celebrate the 72nd Independence Day. After unfurling the Tricolour, Modi will address the nation.
On arrival at Lahori Gate of Red Fort, the Prime Minister will be received by the Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her subordinates.
The General Officer Commanding Delhi Area will then conduct the Prime Minister to the Saluting Base where a combined Inter-Services and Police Guard will present the general salute to the Prime Minister. Thereafter, Narendra Modi will inspect the Guard of Honour.
The Guard of Honour contingent for the Prime Minister will consist of one officer and 24 men each from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Delhi Police. The Guard of Honour will be positioned directly in front of the National Flag across the moat below the ramparts.
This year, the Navy is the Coordinating Service, the Guard of Honour will be commanded by Commander PR Jagan Mohan of the Indian Navy. The Army Contingent in the Prime Minister’s Guard will be commanded by Major Suraj Pal, the Navy contingent by Lt. Cdr. MYV Tejas, while Sqn. Ldr. Praveen Narayan will lead the Air Force contingent and the Delhi Police contingent by ACP Jagdev Singh Yadav.
After inspecting the Guard of Honour, the Prime Minister will proceed to the ramparts of the Red Fort where he will be greeted by the Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of state, Defense Subhash Bhamre, the Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa. The GoC Delhi area will conduct the Prime Minister to the dais to unfurl the National Flag.
The unfurling of the tri-color will synchronize with the 21 Gun Salute fired by the valiant gunners of the elite 2281 Field Battery (Ceremonial). The ceremonial battery will be commanded by Lt. Col. C Sandeep and the Gun Position Officer will be Regiment Havildar Major Kolate Rajesh Shripati.
The National Flag Guard comprising 32 men and one officer each from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Delhi Police will present the Rashtriya Salute at the time of unfurling of the National Flag by the Prime Minister. Commander Vaibhav N Janbandhu from the Indian Navy will be in command of this Inter-Services Guard and Police Guard. The Naval Contingent for the National Flag Guard will be commanded by Lt. Cdr. Prashant Parbakr, the Army contingent by Major Ashwin Shah, the Air Force contingent by Sqn. Ldr. Vivek Mohan and the Delhi Police contingent by Addl DCP Rajendra Prasad Meena.
The Naval Band will play the National Anthem when the National Guard presents the ‘Rashtriya Salute’ while unfurling the National Flag by the Prime Minister. All Service personnel in uniform will stand and salute. The Band will be commanded by Master Chief Petty Officer Musician, Mani Ram.
Two Naval Officers, Lt. GA Reddy and Lt. AG Nikhil will be positioned on either side of the saluting dais for the Prime Minister for ADC duties. Lt. Sarthak Nischal will assist the Prime Minister in unfurling the National Flag.
After unfurling the National Flag, the Prime Minister will address the Nation. After the Prime Minister's address, school children and NCC Cadets will sing the National Anthem.
Seven hundred cadets of the National Cadet Corps drawn from 16 schools of the Delhi Directorate comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force wings are participating in the flag hoisting ceremony this year. The cadets will take part in the singing of patriotic songs and the National Anthem along with the school children. 3,500 girls from 36 schools of Directorate of Education, Government of Delhi will sing the National Anthem and 5,000 boys from 72 schools will witness the event. On this occasion, these school children will display the formation of ‘भारत’ (Bharat).