UDHAGAMANDALAM: A life-size granite statue of India’s best known soldier, Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, was unveiled at the entrance of ‘Manekshaw Bridge’ on the Ooty-Coonoor road on Thursday to commemorate his centennial birth anniversary.
The Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) conducted a ‘Field Marshal Marathon’ covering a distance of about 14 km to mark the occasion. Over 700 participants took part in the marathon.
Funded by the Wellington Cantonment Board, the statue of Manekshaw was unveiled by Lt Gen SK Gadeok, Commandant, Defence Service Staff College in Wellington in the presence of S Suresh Kumar, Station Commandant, MRC. A war memorial service was held at the Parsi cemetery in Ooty where his graveyard is located.
Among those attended function included Brandy Batliwala, Manekshaw’s granddaughter.
Manekshaw, who led the Indian armed forces to a decisive victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, moved to the Nilgiris. He continued to serve the Army as Field Marshals never retire. He lived in a bungalow near Coonoor till he breathed his last.
The five-star general and one of the only two Army officers to be honoured with the rank of Field Marshal was born on April 3, 1914, and passed away at the military hospital in Wellington on June 27, 2009, at the age of 94.
Source – Times of India