Every year on 7th December, India observes Armed Forces Flag Day to raise donations for the welfare of Armed Forces personnel. The day is celebrated in honor of Indian soldiers, sailors and pilots. The day also pays tribute to the hundreds of thousands of men who have died defending the country.
On August 28, 1949, the Defense Minister’s Committee created the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. In 1993, India’s Ministry of Defense amalgamated all relevant welfare funds, including the War Victims Fund, the Kendriya Sainik Board Fund, the Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare Fund and other entities, to establish the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.
The day is observed to encourage public engagement and support across the country for the following goals:
1. To provide rehabilitation assistance to the next of kin of war victims.
2. Taking initiatives to protect the well-being of service members and their families.
3. To assist in the welfare and rehabilitation of ex-servicemen and their families.