From showering rose petals over hospitals treating novel coronavirus (COVID-19) patients to illuminating naval vessels and from flypasts to performances by military bands outside hospitals, the armed forces through various military gestures are saluting coronavirus warriors on May 3rd, 2020.
A mega effort by the armed forces to express their gratitude to the healthcare workers and other corona warriors is underway across the country.
In the evening, Navy ships docked at major ports, including Mumbai and Chennai, will be lit up.
The initiative was announced on May 1st, 2020 by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs.
The gesture of thanks started with laying of flowers by the representatives of the three service chiefs at the police memorial in Delhi to honour police personnel deployed to enforce the nationwide COVID-19 induced lockdown.
Indian Air Force to conduct flypast from Srinagar to Trivandrum and another one starting from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kutch in Gujarat to express its gratitude towards the corona warriors who are deployed in 24×7 duty and are fighting with the disease.
In the Northeast Region, the Eastern in Command has planned the fighter flypast. The helicopters will be showering petals at the hospitals and also the IAF band will be played at the hospitals.
Among the fighters, 3 SUKHOI-30 fighters will be taking off from IAF station, Chabua at around 10 am and carrying out a flypast at the Assam State Assembly 10:30 am.
The helicopters will be showering flower petals at the prominent hospitals at Shillong. They will also be carrying out flower petals shower at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati and also at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.
The IAF band based at Guwahati will be performing at GMCH, Guwahati.
“On behalf of armed forces, we want to thank all COVID-19 warriors. doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, police, home guards, delivery boys and media which has been reaching out with the message of government on how to carry on with lives in difficult times,” said General Rawat.
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