Army allows next of kin to wear medals of late ex-servicemen during homage ceremonies

NEW DELHI: In a significant move, the Indian Army has decided to allow the kin of deceased military personnel to wear their medals on the chest while attending homage ceremonies, officials said on Tuesday.

The move comes after some next of kin (NOK) of ex-servicemen had expressed a need to honour the services of slain soldiers by sporting their medals on specific occasions, they said.

According to a recent official communication of the Army, “the matter was examined and it is felt that this practice will instil a sense of pride among the NOK, including second or third generation lineage”.

While there are no instructions in this regard, there is a similar practice in some countries, it said. (AGENCIES)