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Indian soldiers who fought both the World Wars have been honoured for their "significant contribution and sacrifice" by a group of British MPs who sported marigold badges in their memory here. Over 1.3 million Indian soldiers served in the World War I and 2.5 million in the World War II the largest volunteer army in history. More than 160,000 soldiers lost their lives in the two conflicts and 39 individuals received the prestigious Victoria Cross medal for their bravery. Members of the House of Commons' Foreign Affairs Select Committee from all the major political parties highlighted the "significant contribution and sacrifice" of Indian soldiers during the wars at a meeting held yesterday. The lawmakers wore marigold badges, the new Indian symbol of remembrance to mark Armed Forces Flag Day on December 7. "The Armed Services Flag day this week provides a timely opportunity to highlight the role of the Indian armed forces particularly ahead of the 2018 Centenary of the end of the First World War," said Tom Tugendhat, Conservative party MP and chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. "By wearing the orange marigold, I hope our committee can make an important and highly appropriate gesture in recognising the outsised contribution of Indian soldiers in both world wars," he said. The Royal British Legion, which runs the annual poppy appeal in the UK, is planning a special programme of activity for the 2018 Centenary Year marking the end of the World War I, which will include recognition of Indian soldiers.
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