The World War II Peace Rally which was organised by Nagaland Adventure & Motor Sports Association (NAMSA) to commemorate the Battle of Kohima was held on December 6. The flagging off ceremony began at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima.
The Chief Minister of Nagaland & Festival Host, Neiphiu Rio while gracing the prize distribution ceremony as the special invitee expressed his happiness to be part of the event. He said that the main objective of WW II peace rally is to promote peace in the region and to convey to the people of other regions that we love peace and tranquility in our land. He also said that the WW II peace rally held as an annual event coinciding with the Hornbill festival every year recalls the 2nd world war, which we all knew that it was the most ferocious battle which took place in our land.
The 2nd World War has left an indelible mark in the history of Nagas as many soldiers had lost their precious lives including the innocent villagers. He appealed to all the participants to continue their participation even in the years to come in order to promote peace in our country. He also urged all the participants coming from outside the state to join hands with the organising association in order to promote WW II peace rally across the globe.
The World War II Peace Rally is being organised every year by NAMSA as part of the Hornbill festival to make the festival more eventful as well as to promote peace in a befitting manner.
Advisor NAMSA & Advisor to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Abu Metha while delivering the opening remarks thanked all the participants who have come from different parts of the state and different regions of the country. He said WW11 Peace Rally was the brainchild of the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio with a vision to spread the message of peace and love irrespective of region. He further said that the British Museum in England rated the Battle of Kohima as the most significant battle ever fought by the allied forces in the last century.
Theja Meru was the master of ceremony at the prize distribution ceremony. Band display was performed by Assam Rifles while the parade commander, Moa Longkumer gave the Battle report. Vote of thanks was proposed by member NAMSA, Kuputo Shohe.
1. Most original vehicle (Most prestigious prize) was won by Jeep no.2 from Dimapur and pocketed a sum of Rs. 1,50,000/-
2. Best maintained vehicle was won by Jeep no. 3 from Meghalaya and pocketed a sum of Rs. 70,000/-
3. Best Ladies Squad was won by Jeep no. 5 and pocketed a sum of Rs. 30,000/-
4. Best uniformed Squad was won by Jeep no. 3 from Meghalaya and pocketed a sum of Rs. 30,000/-
5. Best weaponry team was won by Jeep no. 6 and pocketed a sum of Rs.20,000/-
6. Best Tourism promotional team was won by Jeep no. 8 from Myanmar and pocketed a sum of Rs. 20,000/-
7. Best disciplined squad was won by Jeep no. 7 and pocketed a sum of Rs. 20,000/-
8. Best Scout of the day was won by Jeep no. 4 from Jowai and pocketed a sum of Rs. 10,000/-
9. Most promising team was won by Jeep no. 1 from Kohima and pocketed a sum of Rs.10,000/-
Altogether 12 Jeep vehicles with four participants from each Jeep participated at the WW II Peace Rally.