PM Narendra Modi while addressing the nation from Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day remembered the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to seek freedom from the colonisers. He said that he respectfully salutes them all for their sacrifices.
During his speech, PM Narendra Modi also remembered those affected due to the floods leading to distress in several parts of the country.
"On this holy occasion of Independence Day, we remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country, who gave up their youths languishing in prisons, who embraced their death sentence, those who used Satyagraha and filled the cry for freedom through non-violent means under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, to those, I respectfully salute them for dedicating their lives for the country. I remember and salute today for each and every citizen who contributed towards India's safety and security," he said.
"On the occasion of the anniversary of India's Independence Day, in many parts of the country, people are affected by floods. I stand with those people who lost their relatives due to flood. I express my condolences towards their families. NDRF and other state and central forces are working day and night to alleviate their troubles and bring the situation to normalcy," he said.
Leaders from the Centre and the Opposition were present for the event at Red Fort.