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Jan 15, 2009 at 03:25pm IST

Army puts its best foot forward on 61st Army Day parade

New Delhi: Hoping to put a difficult year behind it, the Indian Army will put its best foot forward at the 61st Army Day Parade in the Capital on Thursday, January 15.

Army Day commemorates the taking over of General K M Cariappa as the first Indian Chief of the Indian Army.

It's also a day of stock taking. It comes in the wake of tensions with Pakistan and the major security revamp forced by the terrorist attacks on Mumbai.

The Army will keep it's guard up on the border and play the lead role in beefing-up counter-terrorist forces across the country.

The 1.1-million-strong force is also putting in place institutional checks following the alleged involvement of an officer in a terrorist attack.

The Army will also re-dedicate itself to the service of the nation with a brand new slogan.

Chief of Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor said, “Our troops have stood up to uphold the faith which the nation reposed in them to come up to the expectation and for that I humbly feel proud and keeping that as the perspective, the theme for the army day celebrations this year as been 'Nation above all.'”