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22 Oct 2019, 11:56 HRS IST
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  • Amarinder pays homage at Remembrance Day event in Punjab

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18:24 HRS IST

Chandigarh, Nov 16 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, British Deputy High Commissioner (Chandigarh) Andrew Ayre and Canadian Consular General (Chandigarh) Christopher Gibbins today paid homage to martyrs on the eve of Remembrance Day here, an official statement said.

Remembrance Day is observed by member states of the Commonwealth of Nations in memory of their soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.

At an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance day here, Amarinder spoke about the battlefield of Ypres and other places where Indian soldiers were laid to rest. He said the contribution of Indian soldiers who fought for Allied Powers in the 'Great War' could never be forgotten, the release said.

India raised 14,40,037 volunteers and sent seven Expeditionary Forces to various fronts of the war.

Speaking on the occasion, Gibbins said Canada, which was observing the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, had lost 4,000 of its men in it.

British Deputy High Commissioner Ayre lauded the role of the Indian armed forces in both the world wars. He recalled that during WWI, over one million Indian troops served overseas, of whom 74,000 died and another 67,000 were wounded.

"The bravery and sacrifice of Indian soldiers was all the more notable as the conflicts in which they participated were not their wars, but ours," he said.

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