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Dear Soldiers, Thank You for Your Selfless Duty, Bravery & Courage

Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.

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On the occasion of Independence Day, The Quint asked citizens to write and record their sandesh to a soldier – a token of appreciation for the soldiers who fight valiantly for us and do their duty selflessly. Many wrote their sandesh to soldiers they had never met or even seen, appreciating their courage in guarding the nation in the direst of conditions, and their valour in putting the country first, all while staying away from their families for months.

At an event hosted by Mangalam Information Technologies Private Limited in Ahmedabad, several citizens expressed their gratitude to the Armed Forces.

Aniket Kasra, an attendee, wrote the following sandesh for our soldiers:

Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.
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The sandesh written by Komalkumar Solanki read,

“You give so much and do not expect anything in return. I would like to thank you for being so selfless. It takes a lot to give up everything and fight for others. We consider ourselves lucky because of you. Thank you for everything that you do for our nation.”

Many thanked the soldiers for their selfless service.

Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.
Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.
Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.

Jayesh Modi wrote:

“Dear soldier, the words ‘sacrifice’ and ‘inspiration’ are valuable for me because of you. Whenever I have setbacks and obstacles in life, I revisit the life lessons you taught us through your vigil at the freezing heights of Siachen, and through your rescue operations in the toughest of terrains.”
Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.

‘Proud of Your Bravery’

Several messages expressed pride for the Armed Forces.

Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.
Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.

“We are proud of our Armed Forces, for keeping us safe and protected from enemies and disasters. Today, we are living freely because many sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country. Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes... one that we can never fully repay”, Akshay Dudhat wrote.

Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.
Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.
Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.

“Your family deserves a big salute as it’s very difficult to send away loved ones. You are away from your families, that’s why we are here with our family. We are thankful to you for all your sacrifices toward the nation and for the risks you take every day,” says Ashish Parekh.

Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.
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‘You Are Our Strength’

Many messages praised the heroism of India’s soldiers.

Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.

“You are the real hero for all of us. We, as a civilians, will never understand the hardships and adversities you face while guarding our country. It is not possible for any one of us to fathom the magnitude of the sacrifices made by you and your families,” Rushikesh Mehta wrote in his sandesh.

Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.
Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.
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‘You Protect Us in Tough Terrains, Extreme Weather’

Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.

“No words can suffice to convey our immense gratitude for what you do for the country each day and the innumerable sacrifices you make. Braving tough terrains and extreme weather conditions with a smile on your face, you are an inspiration for all of us. We love you and salute you and your families,” Satish Visavadiya wrote.

Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.

Pramod Sharma praised the rescue work of the Indian Army during disasters.

“Indian Army: When we utter these two words, our heads bow in respect and gratitude. From the icy terrain of the Himalayas to the scorching heat of deserts, you guard us like your family all day and night without complain. People look up to you as gods when you come for rescue operations during natural disasters,” he wrote.

Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.
Citizens express gratitude for India’s Armed Forces in their sandesh to a soldier.

Vaishali Maheta wrote ‘a soldier’s prayer’ in her sandesh:

“Lord, hold our troops in your loving hand.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless
acts they perform for us in our time of need.
We don’t know them, but we owe a lot to them.”

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