GUWAHATI: A Remembrance Day ceremony was organized at Digboi War Cemetery on Sunday to pay homage to the brave soldiers and martyrs from India and abroad, who laid down their lives during the Second World War. The event is organized every year on the Second Sunday of November under the aegis of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Traditionally, the event is co-jointly organized by Troops of the Indian Army along with Indian Oil Corporation Limited and CWGC. General Officer Commanding, Dinjan Military Station was the chief guest of the ceremony. The General Officer laid a wreath and addressed the august gathering. He also enumerated the various sacrifices by the braveheart soldiers during the Second World War which also included a large number of Indian soldiers, stated a press release.
Some of the fiercest battles of the Second World War were fought during the Burmese campaign. During these battles, those who achieved martyrdom were cremated at the Digboi Cemetery. The War Cemetery has 200 graves including 50 brave soldiers from India. The troops of the Indian Army organised a Guard of Honour to commemorate the occasion. A pipe band played military tunes with élan, to pay homage to the martyrs. A large gathering of military officials, members of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and civil dignitaries from Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Oil India Limited, Coal India Limited, Assam Branch Indian Tea Association (ABITA) and locals witnessed this annual event and paid tributes to the martyrs.
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