Armed Forces Flag Day 2024 – Date, History, Importance

The Armed Forces Flag Day is celebrated all over India every year on the 7th of December in order to collect funds from people all around the country for the well-being of the staff of the Indian Armed Forces. It was first celebrated in India on the 7th of December in the year 1949.

Since 1949, it has become a ritual in order to memorialize this day in great honor of the soldiers, sailors, and airmen of India. It is enthusiastically celebrated throughout the country intending to tribute to the courageous and martyred soldiers, salute the expert soldiers as well as refurbish the harmony of citizens.


This event celebration is named Armed Forces Flag Day as this day aimed to collect funds from the people throughout India just by selling Indian special colorful flags, labels, and stickers. Now it has become a prestigious annual celebration in India for the well-being of the National life, providing rehabilitation to the battle victims, the well-being of helping personnel of the Armed Forces and their families as well as the resettlement and welfare of the ex-servicemen personnel and their families.

Many homes in India had been left broken during these wars, the number of serving personnel became disabled and handicapped. So, this Flag Day celebration in India brings a lot of hope in the lives of those victims who had sacrificed their precious lives for the better tomorrow of the country.

The Armed Forces Flag Day celebration strengthens the cultural bond between the people of India and the staff of the armed forces. This celebration plays a great role in enhancing the welfare of the serving personnel of the Indian armed forces.


The First World War, which is celebrated every year as an Armistice Day on the 11th of November, was named Poppy Day because the souvenirs of poppies were operated to benefit the ex-army men as well as their relatives. But this day was incompatible with the freedom of the country.

So, after getting freedom from British authority, the Indian Government decided to pay attention to the army men and their relatives.

The Ministry of Defense had decided under the special commission of 28th of August 28 in 1949 that a Flag Day would be celebrated annually on the 7th of December to collect funds from the common public by selling the India flags for the well-being of the staff of armed forces.

Army men in India perform their duty for the safety and security of the Indian people so it is also the duty of common people towards the army men who are ready to sacrifice their lives in the battle.


Armed Forces Flag Day in India is celebrated yearly to remember all the sacrifices of the personnel of the Army, Air Force, and navy towards the country. This event is organized to get common public collaboration and support throughout the country for the following purposes:

  • To make available rehabilitation to the families of battle victims.
  • To offer welfare to the serving personnel as well as their relatives.
  • To help in the resettlement and well-being of the ex-servicemen and their relatives.

During the celebration of this event, common people and volunteers go for the collection of donations by selling coupon flags or car stickers all through India. The common aim of this day is to elevate the fund collected from the general public or potential donors in various ways.

All the funds collected on this day are used for the well-being of the staff of the Indian Armed Forces. Flag Day is also observed to memorize their difficult duties, and sacrifices as well as pay honor to the brave and martyrs army men of the country.


During the celebrations of Armed Forces, Flag Day the staff from the Indian Military (the Indian Air Force, the Indian Army, and the Indian Navy) arrange a variety of traditional and cultural programs, plays, festivals, and various pleasure activities to show to the general people of India about their safety.

The Indian Military personnel takes part in distributing the Indian small and colorful flags or vehicle flags (red, deep blue, and light blue denoting the three divisions of the Indian Army) throughout the country. Courageous and brave fighters represent to the common people that how they have sacrificed their lives to protect the normal lives of the country.

Armed Forces Flag Day Fund

The Armed Forces Flag Day Fund was first set up in the year 1949 by the committee of the Defense Minister. All the related welfare funds (Funds for war bereaved, Kendriya Sainik board fund, ex-servicemen or serving personnel of armed forces, Flag Day fund, Indian Gorkha ex-servicemen’s welfare fund, war disabled and etc) were combined to make a single Armed Forces Flag Day fund in the year 1993 by the Defense Ministry of India.

Local arms of the Kendriya Sainik Board (an element of the Defense Ministry) manage the fund collection all through the country, which is part of the Ministry of Defense. It is operated by the managing committee and organized by both official and non-official voluntary organizations.

Armed Forces Flag Day Quotes & Sayings

This day has been observed in India since 7th December 1949.  Gradually, it has become a ritual to honor this day as nobility and respect the soldiers, sailors, and airmen of India.

1. Yet, Freedom! yet the banner, torn, but flying, Streams like the thunderstorm against the wind!” » G.G. Lord Byron

2. The union of hearts, the union of hands, And the flag of our Union forever.

3. There is the National Flag. He must be cold, indeed, who can look upon its folds rippling in the breeze without pride of the country.

4. If this man should fall, who will lift the flag and carry it on?

5. Shoot, if you must, this old grey head, But spare your country’s flag,” she said.

Happy Indian Armed Forces Flag Day Wishes Messages

1. In order to have harmony and peace, in order to have a happy life, we need armed forces to keep us safe…. Best wishes on Indian Armed Forces Flag Day.

1. They who sacrifice all their comforts, they who give up on their lives need our support to keep moving on….. Happy Indian Armed Forces Flag.

3. Indian Armed Forces Flag Day is a reminder that we also have our duties to do towards our armed forces.

4. We are safe, happy, and smiling because we have our armed forces taking charge of their duties…. Happy Indian Armed Forces Flag Day.

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