Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the National War Memorial near India Gate that has been built to commemorate the valour and sacrifice of the armed forces personnel who laid down their lives in the service of the nation post Independence. The memorial is spread over 40 acres in the India Gate complex. The War Memorial is a tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives defending the nation since Partition.
Here are few things to know about The National War Memorial
- The memorial is built at a cost of Rs 171 crore, the memorial has a 15.5-metre tall tower, with an eternal flame and 16 circular walls of honour on which names of 25,942 martyrs have been written in gold on granite walls.
- The pattern of the walls symbolizes, ‘Chakravyuh’, the ancient Indian war formation.
- Since India’s independence, over 25,000 security personnel have been martyred during the Indo-China War in 1962, the Indo-Pakistan wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971, the Indian Peace Keeping Force operations in Sri Lanka and the conflict in Kargil in 1999.
- The design of the memorial has a layout comprising 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 and the ‘Rakshak Chakra’ or Circle of Protection.
- The National War Memorial also commemorates the soldiers who participated and made supreme sacrifices in United Nations peace-keeping missions, Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations, counterinsurgency operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Operations (LICO).
- The proposal for creating a National War Memorial was under consideration since early 1970s. The Union cabinet cleared it in October 2015 while the sanction for the construction at India Gate was issued on December 18 the same year.
With PTI and IANS inputs.