On January 26, 2018, India proudly celebrated its 69th Republic Day and displayed its military might and culture heritage.
While many of these soldiers were present at Delhi’s Rajpath to celebrate the event, there were thousands of others who marked the occasion by hoisting the Indian flag at the location they are posted at.
While pictures and videos of these soldiers celebrating the occasion circulated the internet and media houses like fire, there was one video in particular that constantly caught everyone’s eye.
In this video, we could see our Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) jawans patrolling the Himalayan border at a height our 18000 feet surrounded by snow and proudly holding the Indian flag in their hand.
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प्रबुद्ध शुद्ध भारती… #Himveers of #ITBP with #NationalFlag somewhere in the #Himalayas in minus 30 degrees at 18K ft #RepublicDay2018#RepublicDayParade2018 pic.twitter.com/y6fQGYIqQz
— ITBP (@ITBP_official) January 26, 2018
The video caption told us that the temperature at that time was at bone freezing – 30 degree Celcius and one must note that the oxygen level at this height is extremely low.
But despite these harsh weather conditions, our soldiers proudly celebrated the Republic Day and hoisted the Indian flag with honour.
This year India played host to 10 presidents of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries and honored them at Rajpath by not only inviting them as our special guests for the Republic Day but also by honouring each of them with India’s highest civilian award – the Padma Shri.
The year 2018 is also the 25th year of India and ASEAN relationship.