New Delhi: July 2019 will be marking the 20th anniversary of India's victory in 'Operation Vijay', popularly known as the 'Kargil war'.

The Kargil War has and will always be remembered for its strategic and tactical surprises and the self-imposed national strategy of restraint in keeping the war limited to Kargil - Siachen sectors. This war will also be remembered for the exceptional vallor the Indian Army displayed. 

The event

This year the celebrations will be spread over three days, i.e. from July 25-27 and will be organised at Dras in Jammu and Kashmir and New Delhi.

However, as part of the build-up to the main event, numerous activities are planned to be organised all over the country with effect from the first week of July 2019.

For the people of Ladakh, Kargil Vijay Diwas is a special occasion. The Ladakhis shall be participating in the run ‘Ek Daud Shaheedon Ke Naam’ which would include the citizens from the remotest corner of the region and the brave war veterans from far-flung villages of Ladakh. The various organised tournaments will see teams from Indian Army, Indian Air Force, ITBP and local clubs from the entire Ladakh region.

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According to a press release by the Ministry of Defence, the celebrations in the National Capital will begin on July 14 with the illumination of a 'Victory Flame' from the National War Memorial in New Delhi, which would traverse through eleven towns and cities, to finally culminate at Dras wherein the flame will be merged with the eternal flame at the ‘Kargil War Memorial’. The torch relay team will conduct educational and patriotic talks and will interact with the prominent personalities and students in various educational institutes.

A ‘Commemoration Ceremony’ is said to be organised at the Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi, followed by ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas Evening’ a cultural extravaganza, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on 27 July 2019.