Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated at St Mary’s English Medium School, Kannarpady on 26th July 2021 in honor of the valorous heroes of Kargil war. The historic victory of 1999 Kargil war was commemorated in a special way by honoring the retired officers of Indian defense forces. Sergeant Ashok Kotian, the retired officer of Indian Air force and Lieutenant Commander Ricky Leonard Pereira, the officer of Indian Navy were the guests of honor. The program was presided over by Correspondent Very Rev Fr. Charles Menezes. Principal Rev Fr. Johnson Sequeira and Vice Principal Mrs.Rita Quadros escorted the dignitaries to the stage.
The program commenced by offering a floral tribute to the brave martyrs of Kargil war. Mr Vinaya Suvarna,the PRO of the school introduced the guests of honor and officially extended the words of welcome. Later Sergeant Ashok Kotian and Lieutenant Commander Ricky Leonard Pereira were traditionally honored by school with shawl, garland and mementos as a mark of respect to their invaluable service to the nation. Addressing the gathering Sergeant Ashok Kotian shared the adventurous memories of his service in Indian Force and also briefed the heroic sacrifices of Indian soldiers during operation Vijay 1999. Lieutenant Commander Ricky Leonard Pereira in his speech appealed teachers to inculcate the essential patriotic values among students and groom them in to responsible citizens. Very Rev Fr. Charles Menezes in his presidential message emphasized the biblical value of ‘living for others’ and appealed the audience to make valuable contributions towards the wellbeing of society and the progress of nation.
A special documentary film featuring the adventurous glimpses of Kargil war was screened during the program. Few popular patriotic songs were sung by teachers’ choir which added special charm to the occasion. The celebration of Kargil Vijay Diwas was visioned and organized by Principal Rev Fr.Johnson Sequeira and coordinated by Vice Principal Ms.Rita Quadros. The program was conceptualized and anchored by Mr.Lancy Mendonca, the Asst.NCC Officer of school’s Navy wing. Ms Deepa Kamath ,Ms Lavita and Mr Renold elaborated the theme of the program with background note. Ms.Amratha proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Jagadeesh Acharya photographed the event and Ms Linet Castelino provided the technical support. The celebration wound up with National Anthem.