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He died as he had lived with an immense self pride

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„Many such operations take place on the LoC, but none has been as successful canada goose outlet 2015 as this one. Like in the Mumbai terror strikes, the terrorists had come in boats here they came down the Kishanganga river in two boats,“ says Lieutenant Navdeep’s father Honorary Captain Joginder Singh, who retired after serving the army for 30 years.

„Imagine what would have happened if they had entered Indian soil? How canada goose discount uk far and deep into India they could have gone? What civil or military damage could they have wreaked?“

„My son did not allow that to happen. He stopped them.“

Canada Goose Outlet Tears moisten Captain Singh’s cheeks. Before him his father had served the Indian Army and fought in the Indo Pak war of 1965; he himself had retired from the Bengal Sappers as a subedar major, his son was a third generation soldier who had died a heroic death, but even a family military legacy such as this was not formidable enough to steel a father’s heart. Canada Goose Outlet

While we sat in Captain Singh’s drawing room, the tears never left his eyes. It was his mother Jagtinder Kaur who spoke about their eldest son, while the retired soldier sat quietly, speaking sparingly.

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buy canada goose jacket „We wake up each morning and buy canada goose uk think how will the day pass. Often we go to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, it helps us cope,“ says his mother, her face scarred with sadness. buy canada goose jacket

„Our grief will always remain with us, but we are canada goose outlet in toronto proud that our son died fighting valiantly. He died as he had lived with an immense self pride. Navdeep preferred honour to money and always wanted the respect of a soldier.“

At his funeral, many who shed tears for him did not know him or his family. Mourners drawn not by compulsion, but respect for a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice, defending the country.

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