Punjab will observe September 12 as Saragarhi Day to commemorate the battle of Saragarhi, fought on this date in the year 1897. It will be a state holiday and celebrated every year.
This was announced by Chief Captain Amarinder Singh while addressing 3 Sikh soldiers with whom he was spending the Independence eve night.
Amarinder Singh had in April unveiled his latest book celebrating the role of Sikh soldiers and had also promised to hold a literature fest on defence history and build memorials for heroes of the battle at Saragarhi. The book titled "The 36th Sikhs in the Tirah Campaign 1897-98 - Saragarhi and the defence of the Samana forts" was a homage to the 21 men of the 36th Sikhs, who, led by Havaldar Ishar Singh, laid their lives fighting one of the greatest last stands of all times.