Noida: On the occasion of Baisakhi 2022, on April 13, 2022, Shaheed Samarak Sanstha and the residents of Gautam Budh Nagar celebrated the 21st Dedication Day. They lit candles on the occasion.
Lt Gen GL Bakshi, PVSM (Retired) Chairman of the Sanstha, lit the first candle at the onset of the dusk on the base of the cenotaph. Thereafter, the family members of other martyrs lit their candles and paid homage to 38 martyrs in whose memory, the Shaheed Smarak was built.
The profusion of candlelights in and around the cenotaph of Smarak was a beautiful sight to witness.
Nargis Naqvi wife of a martyr, Sqn Ldr IH Naqvi says, “It was an emotional moment for everyone there. We salute those who have served their nation. As in our culture, we give lots of preference to the diya, that's why we lit candles on this day. We feel proud of our younger generation who is serving the nation."
Uma Nauriyal, wife of Maj A. Nauriyal says, “On the day of Baisakhi, we all celebrate this day as the dedication day every year. We do not forget those who gave their lives for the nation. Our martyrs are our inspiration. It is a silent ceremony in which we do not hold any speech, only hugs and tears do the conversation with our beloveds in a very dignified way. To remember the martyrs. We light the candle to pray for our martyrs.”
Flt Lt JP Sharma, Father of Capt Shashi Kant Sharma, Tripta Thapar NOK of Captain V Thapar, Uma Nautriyal, wife of Maj A. Nautriyal and kins of other martyrs, Lt Gen SK Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM (Retired) Executive Director of Shaheed Smarak, Lt Gen YP Khurana, Maj Gen DK Sen, AVSM(Retd), Cols Venish Rai, RR Vasudevan, Mahender Kumar, Sanjay kharbanda, Commander Narinder Mahajan among others were present at the event.