New Delhi: Expressing pride on the occasion of the 56th 'Raising Day' of the Border Security Force (BSF), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the force has distinguished itself with its unwavering commitment to protect the nation and assist citizens during natural calamities.

"Best wishes to all BSF personnel and their families on the special occasion of their Raising Day. BSF has distinguished itself as a valorous force, unwavering in its commitment to protect the nation and assist citizens during natural calamities. India is proud of BSF!" tweeted Prime Minister Modi.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also saluted brave personnel of the force for their national service.

"The BSF has always lived up to its motto 'Duty for Life' (Jeevan Paryant Kartavya) with its bravery and prowess. Today, on the 56th Raising Day of BSF, I salute all the brave personnel of the force for their national service and dedication. India is proud of its victorious 'Border Security Force'," the Minister tweeted in Hindi.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also extended his greeting on the 56th Raising Day of India's First Line of Defence. "Warm greetings to @BSF_India personnel and their families on their Raising Day. The BSF is India’s first line of defence and plays an important role in safeguarding our borders. I salute their service and sacrifice in service to the nation", he wrote on Twitter.

As per the official website of BSF, 'India's first line of defence' was officially raised in accordance with an Act of the Indian Parliament on December 1, 1965, soon after the India-Pakistan War of 1965.