Indian Armed Forces Flag Day

Honoring Indian Armed Forces And Collecting Funds For The Well-being Of Indian Armed Forces on "Armed Forces Flag Day" - observed next on Tuesday, December 7,

The Armed Forces Flag Day is celebrated in India every 7th of December each year. This event has been held since 1949 in order to honor all the Indian soldiers, sailors, and air forces who have fought to protect the country.

Armed Forces Flag Day in India

A special activity during this day is the collection of funds from the people that will be used for improving the well-being of the Armed Forces personnel, specifically the three branches of the Indian Armed Forces – the Army, Air Force, and the Navy. Personnel from these three branches also conduct activities that showcase to the people how they protect the country.

Armed Forces Flag Day in India
Honoring Indian armed forces and collecting funds for the well-being of Indian armed forces.
When Celebrated:December 7
Upcoming Date:Tuesday, December 7
Honoring armed forces, collecting funds for armed forces, wearing Indian army flag
Working for the well-being of Indian armed forces
Holiday Type:Indian Army Holiday

What Happens On Armed Forces Flag Day in India?

During this special day of celebration, the Indian Military staff organizes various social programs, special activities, celebrations, and plays that are aimed at making people aware of how the Indian people are safeguarded and how their safety is ensured. The Indian Military force circulates the Indian flag with the colors of red, light blue, and dark blue which represents the three divisions of the Indian Army.

The Indians express their gratitude and appreciation for the Indian military members by donating funds, all used for the welfare of these people.

Purpose Of Celebrating Armed Forces Flag Day in India

The three purposes of the Armed Forces Flag Day celebration are the following:

  • Rehabilitating the casualties of battle.
  • Ensuring the welfare of the Indian Armed Forces as well as their families.
  • Resettling and focusing on the welfare of former servicemen and their families.

Who Created Indian Armed Forces Flag Day?

After India gained its independence, the Indian government focused on prioritizing the welfare of the country’s defense forces. That is why on August 28, 1949, a committee under the defense minister declared the 7th of December as the Flag Day. The day aimed to distribute small flags to the people of the country which they can pay for a small amount. The collections become donations that can improve the welfare of the armed forces. Over time, Flag Day became a significant celebration in the country. The people wanted to express their gratitude to the people who protect the country as well as their families.

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On December 7, 1954, former Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru said:

A few weeks ago, I visited Indo-China and saw our officers and men attached to the International Commission there. It gave me the thrill to see their smart bearing and the good work they were doing in that distant land. What pleased me still more was their general popularity with the people there. By their efficiency as well as their friendliness, they enhanced the reputation of India. Among them were people from all parts of India. They observed no provincial or other differences amongst themselves. I am sure my countrymen will be pleased to learn of them and would like to indicate their appreciation of these young men who serve our country both here and elsewhere so well. A way to indicate that appreciation is to contribute to the Flag Day Fund.

When Celebrated?

As mentioned earlier, the Armed Forces Flag Day is always celebrated in India every December 7 each year. This means that the upcoming Armed Forces Flag Day will be held on Saturday, December 7.

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Why Celebrate Armed Forces Flag Day?

The following are the main reasons why you should join the celebration of the Armed Forces Flag Day:

To Assist the Rehabilitation of the Armed Forces

The first reason why you should celebrate this day is that through the donations made on this day, you can be of great assistance to the rehabilitation of the armed forces. They are the people who protect the country by combating insurgency and terrorism. Some of them risk their lives. They become disabled when they lose their limbs, catch diseases because of the harmful things they are exposed to, and some even die. For those who survive but need rehabilitation, the funds that you donate can assist them in such.

To Give Love to the Armed Forces

Another good reason to celebrate this day is that by doing so, you can give love to the armed forces. These people who serve the country by dedicating their lives deserve to be honored and appreciated, which you could give to them by simply celebrating this day.

To Serve Your Country

It would also be good to celebrate this day in order to show your patriotism for your country. If you show your support for the armed forces who fight with their lives protecting the country, you are also indirectly showing your love for the country.

Celebration Ideas and Activities

The following are the best things to do to make your celebration of the Armed Forces Day as best as it can be:

Wear a Printable Flag

People are get distributed with flags which they can buy for a low price during this special day of celebration. You can do that too and also up your celebration by wearing a printable flag. Doing so will show your mark of respect to the armed forces.

Pay Tribute to the Soldiers and the Martyrs

Of course, you should celebrate this day by paying tribute to all the soldiers of the country who risk their lives making sure that the people are safe and secure. Apart from that it would be good to spend a little bit of quiet time remembering all the heroes who have lost their lives fighting for the country’s security.


The best thing to do for this day is to contribute or donate. This is the main purpose of the day. All proceeds collected from your donations and those from other people are all used to improve the welfare of the armed forces and their respective families.

Happy Indian Armed Forces Flag Day MESSAGES

  • In order to have harmony and peace, in order to have a happy life, we need armed forces to keep us safe. Best wishes on Indian Armed Forces Flag Day.
  • They who sacrifice all their comforts, who give up on their lives need our support to keep moving on. Happy Indian Armed Forces Flag Day!
  • Indian Armed Forces Flag Day is a reminder that we also have our duties towards our armed forces.
  • We are safe, happy, smiling because we have our armed forces taking charge of their duties. Happy Indian Armed Forces Flag Day!
  • Wishing all the men in uniform a very Happy Indian Armed Forces Flag Day and thanking them for fulfilling their duties.
  • Standing with them, helping them in the smallest way is the best we can do. Best wishes on Indian Armed Forces Flag Day.
  • We are safe because they are there. Let us salute them all on Indian Armed Forces Flag Day.
  • Indian Armed Forces Flag Day inspires us to work harder to our armed forces a better life to live.

Happy Indian Armed Forces Flag Day QUOTES

  • “We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.”- George Orwell
  • “Either I will come back after hoisting the tricolor, or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure.” – Capt. Vikram Batra
  • “We fight to win and win with a knockout because there are no runners up in war.” – General JJ Singh
  • “You have never lived until You have almost died, And for those who choose to fight, Life has a special flavor, The protected will never know.” – Capt R Subramanium Kirti Chakra
  • “If death strikes before I prove my blood, I swear I’ll kill Death.” – Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey