Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 98, will be laid to rest shortly. A state funeral is being accorded to the 1965 India-Pakistan war hero. The national flag was flying at half-mast in all government buildings in the national capital in his honor.
A gun carriage carried the mortal remains of Arjan Singh from the five-star rank Air Force officer’s residence to the Brar Square, where top military and civil dignitaries laid wreaths and paid tribute.
A ceremonial flypast of military aircraft was undertaken at the time of Arjan Singh’s funeral, along with a gun salute of 17 military tanks.
The cortege with Arjan Singh's body wrapped in the flag left his 7, Kautilya Marg residence at 8.30 a.m. It was decorated with marigold flowers. Singh's last journey of 8 km was accompanied by an Air Force band.
On Sunday, President Ram Nath Kovind led the nation in paying final tributes to Arjan Singh. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman laid a wreath on behalf of herself and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Gujarat for the inauguration of Sardar Sarovar Dam. The Prime Minister, on his return from Gujarat, visited the war hero's resident and laid a wreath.
"My tributes to the brave soldier who had a fighter's qualities of valor and courtesy. His life was dedicated to Mother India," Modi wrote in Gujarati in his message in the condolence book at Singh's residence.