Indian Army allows next of kin to wear medals of late ex-servicemen during homage ceremonies

first_imgIndian Army has decided to allow the kin of deceased military personnel to wear their medals on the chest while attending homage ceremonies.Spouses, children and parents of winners of gallantry or service awards can now wear the medals on their chest after the death of the original recipient, according to an order by Army Headquarters.The move comes after some next of kin (NOK) of ex-servicemen had expressed a need to honour the services of slain soldiers by sporting their medals on specific occasions.Medals are to be worn only by persons on whom these are conferred, while serving or by ex-servicemen as laid down in regulations for the Army, 1978 (revised edition), the Army said.The decision was taken to ensure the legacy of winners of these medals carries on even after their death.In an order passed on July 11, 2019 by the Ceremonial and Welfare Adjutant General’s Branch, the Army said that these medals can be worn by family members when “attending homage ceremonies at war memorials, cemeteries and funerals”.The order stated that after the requests from families was made, the matter was examined and it was felt that allowing the next of kin to wear the medals will instill a sense of pride in the future generations of the family.It also stated that a similar practice is followed in some other countries.The “family medals” can be worn by parents, wife, forefathers and children while wearing civil clothes, the order added.The order has been circulated in all commands of the Indian Army.advertisementAlso Read | Kargil War: Meet the shepherd who warned the ArmyAlso Read | Army chief approves MS Dhoni’s request to train with paramilitary regimentAlso Watch | Jab We Met Indian Army’s Special Forceslast_img

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