Today is Republic Day of India. A day where we Indians get an opportunity to give our salutations to our National Flag, to our Soldiers who gave their lives to safe guard the nation, to our late leaders who made this day possible for India. This morning I had enough time to wind up my duties and switched on the Television. My mind did not concentrate on any of the programs that were going in the name of Republic Day celebration. I turned the channel to National DD and the Republic Day celebration started with a Shehnai concert by Late Bismillah Khan. The music invoked my patriotism. Then the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi and the Hon'ble President of India arrived one after the other. The most heavy part of the event was paying silent tributes to our "Amar Jawans" - the Soldiers who laid their lives in safe guarding our nation. Those silent moments filled my heart with lot of mixed emotions. I couldn't judge whether those feelings were for their patriotism, for their lives, for their families, for their care and love towards citizens of India, for their respect to the leaders of India, for their sacrificing all amusements and what not. When the President was giving away the honorable and the purest award Param Veer Chakra to the wives and relatives of the Late Soldiers, I was really overwhelmed with the courage of the women (wives) who received the awards. Though I could see a deep sorrow in their eyes, they presented themselves very calm and bold when they received the awards. As a woman though we don't get an opportunity to serve in the army, God has given us a boon of giving births to great Soldiers like them and being a moral support as wives of them. Then came the live relay of the "Parade" which carried colourful dance, decorated vehicles, marching Soldiers and School children and the daring, skillful acrobats of our army, naval and air-force. All the states of India took active part in the "Parade" and it definitely invoked patriotism not only in children who where watching but also in grown-ups. The guest for the event was the Hon'ble President of France Mr. Sarkozy who enjoyed and remained enthusiastic for the whole event. And at last, I feel the crown of the event goes to our Hon'ble President Mrs. Prathibha Patel. The salutations, honour and respect that she received made me feel proud of being a woman. She had a good stamina and equaled men in standing and back saluting the "Parade". I feel we should make our children watch these kind of patriotic events instead of regular entertainments that we have today. Jai HInd! Salute to the Tri-coloured Flag!