In a solemn ceremony, PM Modi is going to inaugurate the National War Memorial today, which is built near the India Gate as a tribute to the fallen soldiers of the nation.
It will honour the soldiers who lost their lives post-independence in the Indo-China War (1962), Indo-Pak Wars (1947, 1965 and 1971), Indian Peace Keeping Force Operations in Srilanka and in the Kargil War (1999).
The memorial will have four concentric circles, namely:
1. Amar Chakra, which will have the eternal flame and an obelisk.
2. Veerta Chakra, which will have a bronze murals for different battle actions and will weigh 600kg and 1,000kg.
3. Tyag Chakra, which will be made of granite bricks bearing the name of all the fallen soldiers since Independence. At present, there are 25, 942 names.
4. Rakshak Chakra, which will have around 600 trees, signifying the soldiers who protect the people of their nation.
The #NationalWarMemorial complex has been made in harmony with the existing layout and symmetry of the majestic Rajpath and Central Vista while maintaining landscaping & simplicity of architecture, exemplifying supreme sacrifice made by soldiers that make their spirits eternal pic.twitter.com/raZS8rBPgH— राष्ट्रीय समर स्मारक / NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL (@salute2soldier) February 25, 2019
Inauguration of राष्ट्रीय समर स्मारक / #NationalWarMemorial :The three Living Legends & recipients of Param Vir Chakra, Capt Bana Singh, Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav & Subedar Sanjay Kumar will be present during the inauguration ceremony on 25 Feb–Nation salutes the Brave Hearts pic.twitter.com/HbiWp77QZj— राष्ट्रीय समर स्मारक / NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL (@salute2soldier) February 24, 2019
Apart from this, the memorial will have interactive electronic panels for people to pay tributes along with other features like artificial lighting in the evenings and a walking plaza.
#NationalWarMemorial - A Befitting Tribute to our Brave-hearts. ‘To every man upon this earth, death comes sooner or later - and how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his Gods?'' -An emotion reverberating in all Indians pic.twitter.com/Pbwbn8v9Fg— राष्ट्रीय समर स्मारक / NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL (@salute2soldier) February 24, 2019
While the entry to the complex is free of cost, there are time restrictions for main area and Param Yodha Sthal.
Adjacent to The National War Memorial are bronze busts for the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees, surrounded by a grass, pathways and informative plaques on their stories of courage from the battle.
समर स्मारक/#NationalWarMemorial . The National War Memorial will be dedicated to the Armed Forces by the Prime Minister of India on behalf of the Nation on 25 Feb 19. This Memorial symbolises the victory and valour of our gallant heroes in safeguarding the honour of our country. pic.twitter.com/kDhcNkZhXC— राष्ट्रीय समर स्मारक / NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL (@salute2soldier) February 24, 2019