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IAF paid tribute to Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, a national hero during 1971 Indo-Pak War

IAF paid tribute to Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, a national hero during 1971 Indo-Pak War

The nation’s hero, Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, whose deeds during the 1971 Indo-Pak War are still remembered, was honoured by the Indian Air Force (IAF) with a poignant tribute to his bravery and sacrifice.

Along with other dignitaries, Air Commodore Sandeep Chaudhary VM VSM, Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of Air Force Station Halwara, led the ceremony to lay wreaths at the Ludhiana District Commissioner’s Office Complex in honour of Sekhon’s ultimate sacrifice.

The Srinagar airstrip was attacked by a formation of Pakistani Sabre planes on December 14, 1971, the red-letter day that recognised Sekhon’s bravery. Despite being outnumbered, Sekhon demonstrated remarkable flying abilities and unshakable bravery while piloting his Gnat fighter. He took on the enemy head-on, showing a strong attitude and a lack of concern for his personal safety. Sekhon’s courageous efforts foiled the attack, and he amazingly destroyed two enemy planes in the process.

The sacrifice of Flying Officer Sekhon is a living example of the Indian Air Force’s values and a continual source of inspiration for the courage and commitment of its members. His acts during the 1971 war changed the course of the conflict and saved many lives. For this, he was awarded India’s highest military decoration during a war: the Param Vir Chakra.

Generations of young men and women are still motivated by Sekhon’s legacy to serve their country with the same bravery and unshakable dedication. His tale is a remarkable illustration of the resilience of the human spirit and the costs associated with attaining freedom.

The IAF’s tribute to Sekhon is an appropriate reminder of the obligation to be grateful to everyone who has fought and given their life for the country. It’s a call to action, asking us to continue to honour the bravery, altruism, and patriotism that Sekhon so heroically shown us.

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