Police Commemoration Day - October 21
Sat, Oct 21, 2023

Police Commemoration Day

Police Commemoration Day is celebrated in India on October 21st. On this day, we remember and honor those who gave their lives in the fight against crime, as well as those officers who daily fulfill their duty to the people and the country.


The date was founded back in 1960 as “Remembrance Day”. That year, tensions had been escalating between India and China, and the Aksai Chin region was attacked by the Chinese. According to reports, India sent 3 reconnaissance groups to Lanak La, but only 2 returned back. The next day, the search for the missing people began. When the group came closer, serious fire opened on it – 10 people were killed, the rest were injured. After 3 weeks, the Chinese government handed over the bodies of the intelligence group of the nation. The funeral was held with all honors and the people of India were filled with rage, but also gratitude for the brave soldiers fighting for freedom.

Interesting facts

  • In India, it is believed that the longer the police mustache, the higher the salary.
  • To rally the youth and make them loyal to law enforcement agencies, the police organize football matches where every teenager can take part.
  • There are 100 policemen for every 130 inhabitants.
  • In Mumbai, there is a high number of suicides among the police.
  • After the tragic terrorist attack in a Mumbai hotel, a decision was made to strengthen national security.

How to take part

You can take part in Police Commemoration Day by attending parades and events that take place on the holiday. You can also watch the broadcast of the events on TV, or on the internet. If you are in India, be sure to visit the memorial dedicated to the day of memory (it is located in New Delhi). Lastly, you can support families who have lost their breadwinners by donating to organizations that collect donations for various needs of people.

When is Police Commemoration Day celebrated in 2023?

Police Commemoration Day is observed on October 21 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday October 21 2023
Monday October 21 2024
Tuesday October 21 2025
Wednesday October 21 2026