Republic Day 2019 Parade highlights:\u00a0India on Saturday celebrated\u00a070th Republic Day \u2014 the day when the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950. President Ram Nath Kocind hoisted the flag at Rajpath. The Republic Day parade ceremony commenced with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. The parade started from Vijay Chowk and proceeded towards the Red Fort grounds through the Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg. The theme for the Republic Day celebrations this year was the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and tableaux of many states. India's military might was also on display with the artillery gun system M777 American Ultra Light Howitzers and a self-propelled artillery gun K9 Vajra showcased on Rajpath. This year, South Africa\u2019s President Cyril Ramaphosa was the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade.\u00a0Ramaphosa was the second South African president after Nelson Mandela to attend the grand event as its chief guest. President Kovind awarded Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani who lost his life while killing six terrorists in an operation in Kashmir the Ashok Chakra.