The country is celebrating the 22nd anniversary of the Kargil War. Each year, a two-day event is held at the Kargil War Memorial located in Drass, in which the soldiers who participated in the war and families of those martyred gather together to pay homage.
The most moving moment of the event takes place on the 25th evening. As the sun dips behind the mountains, the buglers sound the Retreat, and the war memorial is lit up with hundreds of candles as a remembrance for those who gave up their lives defending the nation.
The Kargil War is a saga of immense bravery and raw courage. The occupation of heights across the Line of Control (LoC) was first reported by a local shepherd, Tashi Namgyal, on May 3, 1999.
Indian Army patrols that were subsequently sent out clashed with Pakistani soldiers holding an estimated 140 posts on the Indian side of the LoC. There was shock and surprise as the scale of the intrusion, covering approximately 1,000 square kilometers, became evident.
Retaking the heights was an enormously daunting task. The first success came only on June 13 with the capture of Tololing. After that, the Indian Army was an almost unstoppable force.