The Class of 1986 from Sainik School, Kazhakootam, carried out the lighting of flame ceremony in memory of their departed classmates – Jawahar N Rao (1626) and Shyam R J (1654) – at Kochi on 29 December 2011.
Mathrubhumi Daily did an exhaustive coverage of the event at Karunagappally and the Sainik School campus on 10 December, 2011 featuring the Commemorative meeting in his hometown and the unveiling of his bust by a grateful and proud School Alumni.
The Karunagapally City Council, in association with the Karunagapally division of Kerala State Ex- Servicemen League jointly conducted a commemorative function at Karunagapally, remembering the supreme sacrifice of the young soldier and his services to the Nation.
The Flame of Remembrance event, lit for Capt Harshan at the Parachute Regiment Training Centre, RT Nagar, on Saturday, December 10, 2011 was also covered by the Bangalore edition of the Malayalam dailies with equal fervor, and mostly due to the concerted efforts of a spirited band of Kazhakians from the Bangalore SSKZM Alumni Chapter.
A ‘Flame of Remembrance’ for Capt R Harshan, who laid down his life fighting terrorists in Kashmir in March 2007, was lit at the Parachute Regiment Training Centre, RT Nagar, on Saturday. Harshan, who was only 27, was conferred the Ashok Chakra the same year, the youngest recipient of the peace-time gallantry award.
The bust of 2Lt. Radha Mohan Naresh, the first alumnus of SSKZM to make the supreme sacrifice for the country, was unveiled by Mr. KC Venugopal, Minister of State for Power, on 10 December 2011, on the 40th death anniversary of our martyr.
The batch of 83 lit torches yesterday (05 Nov) at Kochi, to remember their departed batch mates.
At 21, Second Lt Naresh was in the prime of youth when he was called in, barely a week after being commissioned into the JAT Regiment, to defend a post along the Munawar Tawi River in Jammu & Kashmir’s Chhamb sector.
Along with the Guruvandanam programme at the school on 24 September 2011, 12 torches were lit as part of that function, to remember departed teachers, staff members, officers who served at the school and our departed friends from 9 batches.