In commemoration of the 12th. death anniversary of Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw, a wreath laying ceremony was organised by Defence Services Staff College, Wellington on June 27, 2020 at Parsi Zoroastrian Cemetery, Udhagamandalam.
On behalf of the tri-services fraternity, Lt Gen YVK Mohan, AVSM, SM, VSM, Commandant Defence Services Staff College,Wellington laid a wreath at the final resting place of the revered soldier amidst presence of local Parsi community.
Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw was born on April3, 1914 at Amritsar. He had an illustrious military career spanning over four decades. As a young Captain in WW-II,he saw action in Burma and was severely wounded.
He was awarded MilitaryCross in 1942 for the conspicuous gallantry displayed in the face of enemy. Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw took over as Chief of Army Staff on January 8, 1969.
He successfully crafted India’s greatest military triumph by leading IndianArmy into 1971 Operations which resulted in the liberation of Bangladesh within ashort duration of 13 days. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1972.
In recognition of the outstanding contribution made by the General Officer to the armed forces and the nation, he was elevated to the rank of Field Marshal on 15January 1973. He breathed his last on 27 Jun 2008.
Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw had settled down at Wellington after active service. In remembrance of the close association of Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw with the populace, assistance was provided by Defence Services Staff College to the needy by distribution of essential items through local NGOs.