New Delhi, Aug 15 : The spirit of patriotism ran high among the people as they made their way to the majestic Red Fort, braving rains, for the celebrations of the 73rd Independence day on Thursday.
Soaked in the essence of freedom, people from all walks of life were seen heading towards the iconic fort in long queues since early morning to hear the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the ramparts. Delhi police, along with other security forces, had kept a tight vigil in and around the area. Many people were seen clicking pictures with the security personnel -- as a mark of respect towards forces.
Clad in a white kurta-pyjama and a colourful turban, Mr Modi was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Red Fort and then inspected the Guard of Honour. Before coming to Red Fort, he paid homage to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
The air around the fort was filled with patriotism as people were seen singing patriotic songs. Around 3,500 girl students from 41 government schools, 5,000 boy spectators and 700 NCC cadets from 17 schools sat in a coordination to present an image of 'Naya Bharat' with the colours they were wearing.
Soon after addressing the nation, Mr Modi reached out to the children and shook hands with them. One of the children -- who shook hands with the PM later told UNI that it was 'dream come true' moment.(UNI)