The Indian Armed Forces Flag Day or the Flag Day of India is a day dedicated to the collection of funds for the welfare of the Indian armed forces personnel. Since December 7, 1949, it is being observed annually in India.

Here are some interesting facts you need to know about the day:

  • The original Flag Day Fund was set up in the year 1949, by the Defence Minister’s Committee
  • The fund collection is managed throughout the country by the local arms of the Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB), which is a part of the Ministry of Defence
  • The fund collection is organised both by official and non-official means through voluntary organisations
  • Over the years, it has become a tradition to commemorate this day as an honour to the soldiers, airmen and sailors of India
  • On the Flag Day, all the three branches of the Indian armed forces, the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, arrange a variety of shows, carnivals, dramas and other entertainment programmes to showcase the talent of their personnel
  • India has the world’s 3rd largest military force with 1.3 million active personnel, 1.15 million reserve personnel and 1.3 million paramilitary personnel.