The National War Memorial in New Delhi Photo/ANI
The National War Memorial in New Delhi Photo/ANI

India gets its first National War Memorial after 72 years of Independence

ANI | Updated: Feb 25, 2019 23:26 IST

New Delhi (India)Feb 25 (ANI): After 72 years of Independence, India got its first National War Memorial, a state-of-art monument spread over an area of approximately 40 acres and is a tribute to Indian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice for the country post-independence.
While inaugurating the memorial, today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Demand for National War Memorial has been there for many decades. Some efforts were made previously but nothing concrete happened. In 2014 we started the procedure and today it is being inaugurated before time. This monument is also the testimony of how a vow is taken and fulfilled.”
The memorial is dedicated to soldiers who laid down their lives defending the nation during Sino-Indian war in1962, Indo-Pak wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971, Indian Peace Keeping Force Operations in Sri Lanka and in the Kargil Conflict in 1999.
The National War Memorial will be the place for wreath-laying for all designated events in the future. It also commemorates the soldiers who participated and made supreme sacrifice in UN Peace Keeping Missions, during HADR Operations, Counter Insurgency Operations and Low-Intensity Capital Operation (LICO).
Prime Minister also paid tributes to the fallen soldiers of the dastardly Pulwama attack.
“At this historical place, I pay my tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama and all those brave hearts who sacrifice themselves for protection of India. Whether it is external threats or natural disasters, our soldiers are the first one to tackle all threats.”
The monument has four concentric circles, namely, the ‘Amar Chakra’ or Circle of Immortality, the ‘Veerta Chakra’ or Circle of Bravery, the ‘Tyag Chakra’ or Circle of Sacrifice, the ‘Rakshak Chakra’ or Circle of Protection.
The complex also includes a central obelisk, an eternal flame, six bronze murals depicting famous battles fought by the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy in a covered gallery (Veerta Chakra).
Likewise, 16 walls have been constructed in the Tyag Chakra for paying homage to the 25,942 battle casualties.
The names of soldiers who have made supreme sacrifice have been inscribed in golden letters on granite tablets arranged in a circular pattern which symbolises the ancient Indian war formation ‘Chakravyuh’.
The outermost circle called Rakshak Chakra comprises rows of more than 600 dense trees with each tree representing many soldiers who guard the territorial integrity of the nation round-the-clock.
The complex also has graphic panels and stone murals. Busts of the 21 awardees of Param Veer Chakra have been installed at Param Yoddha Sthal which includes three living awardees -- Sub Maj (Hony Capt) Bana Singh (Retd), Sub Major Yogendra Singh Yadav and Sub Sanjay Kumar. (ANI)

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