PM Modi to pay homage to the memory of Indian soldiers at Haifa

PM Modi to pay homage to the memory of Indian soldiers at HaifaUpdated on : 05-07-2017 09:33 PM
Diplomatic relations between India and Israel may have begun in 1992, but Indian soldiers had already scripted a glorious chapter in the relations between the two countries way back in September 1918.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay homage to the memory of these soldiers at Haifa on Day 3 of his Israel visit on Thursday, who made the supreme sacrifice during World War 1. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be present at this solemn event at the Haifa India Cemetery, which stands as a testimony to this moment of History.

The Jodhpur Imperial Service Lancers, the Mysore and Hyderabad Lancers, along with the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade captured the town of Haifa in September 1918, from the Turks. PM Modi will unveil a plaque to honour Major Dalpat Singh Shekhawat, who led the Jodhpur Lancers. Shekhawat and seven other soldiers of the Jodhpur regiment were martyred in the battle. Sixty horses were also killed. Many soldiers from India made supreme sacrifice to liberate Haifa.

The Indian Army celebrates September 23 as Haifa Day every year. In 1922, three statues were installed to remember the contribution of the Indian Cavalry Brigade jawans in the battle of Haifa. The road and memorial have now been renamed Teen Murti Haifa Marg and Teen Murtu Haifa Chowk.

(SA - @05/07)

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