Armed Forces Flag Day

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Armed Forces Flag Day

  • Armed Forces Flag Day or The Flag Day of India is a day dedicated to India towards collection of funds from people of India for the welfare of the Indian Armed Forces personnel.
  • It has been observed annually in India on December 7 since 1949.
  • Over the years, it has become a tradition to commemorate this day as an honour to the soldiers, sailors and airmen of India.

Purpose of day

  • The Flag Day is mainly observed to serve three basic purposes:
  1. Rehabilitation of battle casualties
  2. Welfare of serving personnel and their families and
  3. Resettlement and welfare of ex-servicemen and their families.

Armed Forces Flag Day Fund

  • Throughout the country, small flags and car flags in red, deep blue and light blue colours representing the three Services, are distributed in return for donations.
  • The fund collection is managed throughout the country by the local arms of the Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB), which is part of the Ministry of Defence.
  • The fund collection is organised both by official and non-official means through voluntary organisations.
  • Like the Kendriya Sainik Board at the Centre, the Rajya/Zila Sainik Boards are responsible for policy formulation and implementation of resettlement and welfare schemes for Ex-Servicemen, widows and their dependents residing in their respective States/UTs/Districts.