Republic Day parade; heres more on preparations for visiting ASEAN dignitaries
It is already special Republic Day this year as leaders from all 10 ASEAN nations are attending the function as Chief Guests.
It is in this context that India is also making all sorts of preparations to impress the visiting dignitaries.
The Republic Day showcases the Indian military might and has been attended earlier by none less than US President Barack Obama.
According to the sources, this year five Mi-17 V5 helicopters of the Indian Air Force would precede the parade commander and the lead helicopter will carry the national flag.
The second helicopter will carry ASEAN flag and the other three choppers would carry the flags of the Army, Navy and the Air Force while the echelon aircraft would shower flower petals.
This has been confirmed by sources of the Home Ministry.
It need be mentioned that leaders of 10 ASEAN member countries, namely, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei, will grace the event as Chief Guests at the ceremonial parade at Rajpath on January 26.>