New Delhi: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane paid tributes at the National War Memorial on Infantry Day on Tuesday (October 27).

Infantry Day is observed as a remembrance of the first military event of independent India, when the Indian Army repelled the first attack on the Indian soil on October 27, 1947, in the Kashmir Valley.

The victory was accomplished by the personnel of the First Battalion of the Sikh Regiment.

Notably, troops of the battalion which held back the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at Rezang La during the India-China war in 1962, watched the ceremony with pride.

Rezang La top is part of the 70 km frontage in South Pangong Tso which was occupied by Indian troops in late August as part of countermeasures to push back the PLA in the ongoing border tensions.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper who are in India for the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue paid tribute at the National War Memorial in Delhi.

Pompeo and Esper will hold the 2+2 talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, covering the entire expanse of defence and security ties as well as key regional and global issues.

The talks are taking place at a time India is engaged in a bitter border standoff with China, and the issue is expected to figure in the deliberations.