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A village teeming with national flags, ex-servicemen

Residents of Kammavanpettai, a small hamlet near Vellore, celebrated the country’s Independence Day on Thursday by hoisting the tricolour in front of their houses.

The villagers claimed that each house had a war veteran or an in-service soldier.

A function was organised in the Government Higher Secondary School, where Collector A. Shanmuga Sundram hoisted the flag on the 100-foot new highmast erected at the entrance.

Speaking on the occasion, he narrated the great sacrifice people of this village made in protecting the country’s borders.

He said a war memorial would be built in the village for which a proposal would be sent to State government for its approval in Chennai.

Assistant Director of Ex-Servicemen Association in Vellore, Lt. Cdr. (retd.), K. Senthilkumar briefed the participants on the various schemes and welfare measures for the servicemen and their spouses.

The function was organised by ex-servicemen and service soldiers of the three forces, August-15, an NGO from Chennai, and Red Rose Warriors, a service organisation from Kammavanpettai.

Founder of August-15, G. Murali, said, “Having come to know of the background of the villagers’ contribution to the country’s safety, we have decided to honour the war veterans and servicemen from this village on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day.

Teachers honoured

School teachers, public service personnel, students were honoured by the organisers.

An ex-serviceman, Havildar V. Kamalamurugan, said “youth in the age group of 14 and 17 years were given training to impart skills in promoting themselves to be eligible for selection in the Navy, Army and the Coast Guard. We have dedicated one ground to train them to be soldiers.”

“Our village has a record of 1,600 men working in various forces and over 3,600 ex-servicemen who have seen many a battlefield and come through life-threatening assignments,” he said.

Source: thehindu.com

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