ITANAGAR: Two Advance Light Helicopters (ALHs) of the IAF showered flower petals over the lone medical college of the Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday morning to express gratitude to the relentless warriors who are involved in the fight to contain COVID-19 pandemic.
The exercise is part of the nationwide aerial salute to all frontline workers conducted by the Armed Forces to express their deep appreciation to all the 'Corona Warriors'.
While approximately 30 kgs of flower petals were showered over the 'Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences' (TRIHMS), housands of onlookers witnessed the enchanting view from their roof tops.
The choppers hovered above the hospital and showered flower petals for five times in between 12:03 to 12:15.
The TRIHMs is the only designated COVID-19 hospital in the Himalayan State.
The IAF choppers flew from the Tezpur Air base under the Eastern Air Command and returned after conducting the flypast, Defence Spokesman Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande informed.
"The exercise is to display gratitude to the Corona Warriors, including doctors, nurses, para-medic and other related staff fighting the pandemic to keep all safe. It also aims to send the message that the nation stands united in the fight against the virus," the Tezpur-based spokesman added.
Governor Brig (retd) Dr BD Mishra commended the gesture of the Indian Armed Forces and expressed his hope that the goodwill message would reach each and every frontline workers, police personnel, administrators, gaon burhas (village headmen) and NGOs.
"This is a true recognition of committed services being rendered to the masses at the cost of our lives. We have taken oaths to save lives of others whatever may come. This salutation will energise us to work with more dedication," said TRIHMS Director Dr Moji Jini.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs had announced about the flypast during a press briefing at New Delhi on Friday.
"The IAF will conduct flypast from Srinagar to Trivandrum and from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kutch in Gujarat. It will include both transport and fighter aircraft," Rawat said, adding that the Navy on its part will have its warships deployed in formations in coastal areas in the evening on May 3.