In commemoration of the 72nd Independence day of India, a wreath laying ceremony and parade was held at the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala at on 15 Aug 18. The Parade was reviewed by Vice Admiral RB Pandit, AVSM, Commandant, INA.
A Ceremonial Guard, comprising 50 armed cadets, 20 armed platoons and 06 unarmed platoons of cadets constitued the parade. Smartly dressed in their whites, the cadets on parade offered visible and tangible manifestation of a resurgent India. The parade was commanded by Midshipman Vikrant Nagpal.
The civilian fraternity and families of INA witnessed the parade. In his address, the Commandant, greeted the attendees on the auspicious occasion and acknowledged the toil, hardwork and sacrifices made by our forebears to get us freedom and to take our country on path of progress. He urged all to emulate their hardwork and contribution towards nation building. He also acknowledged the efforts of the team from station Ezhimala in ongoing flood relief where 72 lives have been saved and over 300 people have been provided medical aid in the most trying circumstances with little or no regard to their own well being.The Commandant, Deputy Commandant, Principal and Station Commander also laid floral wreaths at the War Memorial of INA, in homage to the martyrs of Independent India.