I wish to share a few pictures of the Bombay Sapper commemorative parade held on 31 Jan 2010 on a lovely winter morning.
The Bombay Sappers celebrated its 190th Group Day from January 28 – 31. Several functions are held including a Para-drop event by serving and retired officers. A commemorative parade and reunion was held on the concluding day on January 31. This year, the Group Day coincides with the reunion of Bombay Sappers that is held every four years. Over 700 veterans from across India attended the reunion.
As a Bombay Sapper I never miss the parade held every year. The smart turn-out, sharp drill movement and steely resolve in the eyes of the Bombay Sappers marching past is hugely inspirational. The colorful setting of the venue, the spirited warm welcome and the ambiance is an exquisite
One of the most solemn occasions of the parade is the Nishan Toli (picture below) carrying with pride the flag of the Presidents Colors. Serving personnel salute the Nishan and civilian guests stand in respect. A parade is an event that fills the heart of every Indian with pride.
The Bombay Sappers have a historic association with the Sikh LI as the regiment traces its origin to the Royal Sikh Pioneers, which were part of the sappers during the 19th century. A contingent of Sikh Li always participates in the parade as seen in the picture.
The Bombay Engineering Group, or the Bombay Sappers as they are informally known, are a regiment of the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army. Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombay_Engineer_Group
The regimental centre is located in Kirkee, Pune. Several Awards and Battle and Theatre Honors have been awarded to Bombay Sappers who fought in different wars in India and in other countries. Lieutenant General Premindra Singh Bhagat VC, PVSM (14 October 1918 – 23 May 1975) was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. The Victoria Cross was conferred on him for his actions in the Sudan theatre during the World War II.
So my friends aren’t you inspired? 🙂