Virat retires. PM Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind bid farewell to veteran horse
New Delhi : President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi bid farewell to Virat, a horse in the President's security unit, after it took part in its last Republic Day parade.
The trusted steed presented the President his last escort at the 21 Gun Salute ceremony at Delhi’s iconic Rajpath. It has been appearing on Republic Day parades for over 10 years.
President’s Bodyguard Colonel Anup Tiwari mounted on Virat during the ceremony.
The horse was awarded with Chief of the Army Staff’s commendation on Army Day this year. It is the first charger horse of the President’s Bodyguard to receive the commendation card.
President Kovind and PM Modi, accompanied by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, were seen petting the horse as the President was leaving Rajpath.