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India bids farewell to country's only Marshal, Arjan Singh

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September 18, 2017 10:00


Manmohan Singh, LK Advani, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the three service chiefs at the last rites ceremony of the Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh.

The national flag is being flown at half-mast at all government buildings in Delhi today in tribute to the only five-star rank Air Force officer, equivalent to a Field Marshal in the army.

Arjan Singh's body, wrapped in the flag, was taken from his home to the Delhi Cantonment in a gun carriage decorated with marigold flowers - a journey of 8 km with an Air Force band and a tri-services contingent at the funeral site. A fly-past of Sukhoi-30 fighters will be held.

Arjan Singh's family has also planned a ritual for the funeral.

An icon of India's military history, 98-year-old Singh breathed his last at an Army hospital in New Delhi on Saturday.

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