By Lakshita Vohra

The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought our entire world to a standstill! As the nation stutters under lockdown and we all stay home to stay safe, there are some who are in the trenches fighting for all our lives every single day. To these frontline workers, the armed forces of the country came together to present a big show of gratitude – a big thank you from one soldier to another.

On 3rd of May i.e. Sunday, a fleet of Indian Armed Forces undertook an exercise to express their gratitude to doctors, paramedics, medical staff and other frontline workers. Helicopters of the Indian Air Force, the Navy and the Coast Guard took to the sky and showered flower petals over COVID-19 designated hospitals across the country. Later in the evening, the navy lit up its warships to express their gratitude. 

  1. The day started off with the Indian Air Force’s flypast showering flowers over the hospitals in the National Capital Region to cheer on healthcare and other frontline workers. 
  1. The Indian Army band gave a rousing performance outside the Government Hospital in Panchkula.
  1. Choppers showered flowers over National Police Memorial while representatives of Tri-Service Chiefs – Maj Gen Alok Kacker, Rear Admiral McCarthy, and Air Vice Marshal PK Ghosh paid tribute. 
  1. INS Jalashwa in the Bay of Bengal saluted the COVID-19 warriors including doctors, other health workers, sanitation staff, and police personnel with a display of Thank You. 
  1. Flares fired in the air from Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ships at New Mangalore Port Trust in Panambur, Mangaluru. Also, the ships were illuminated as a mark of gratitude & appreciation for frontline workers fighting against COVID-19.
  1. An Indian Army band performs for the doctors and medical staff of Sir Gangaram Hospital in New Delhi as a thanksgiving gesture. 
  1. IAF pays floral tribute to medical health workers of Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram
  1. One of the ships of the Eastern Naval Command lit up to show in solidarity with COVID-19 warriors on the frontline. 

9. The SU-30 aircraft of the Indian Air Force aircraft flew over Marine Drive, Mumbai to slaute the medical staff and all frontline workers. Kudos to them! 

Traditionally, it has always been the armed forces on the battle lines, but this unseen enemy has thrust people from all walks of civilian life into the frontline. They never signed up for the sacrifices we as a nation are asking from them, but nevertheless they have risen to the occasion magnificently. India salutes you!