Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the National War Memorial or the Rashtriya Samar Smaarak to honour the fallen Indian security forces after independence. The memorial comprises four concentric circles, namely- the ‘Amar Chakra, the Veerta Chakra, the ‘Tyag Chakra’ and the ‘Rakshak Chakra’ on which the names of 25,942 soldiers have been inscribed in golden letters on granite tablets.
At the memorial, PM wrote a heartfelt message not only for the nation, but also for the soldiers on the visitor's notebook, hailing their sacrifices for the country. He wrote:
"Hamare sainiko ki veerta, tyag aur shourya ka prateek hai
Jis par har bharatiya garv ki anubhuti karta rahega...
Ban Akinchan Rashtrahit main,
So gayi jo hai jawani.
Rashtra vandan kar raha hai,
Kalam ye deti salaami.
Yeh smarak hame desh ke liye pal-pal jine evam kuch kar gujarne ki prerna deta rahega.
Veerta evam Shahadat ke is tirthsthal ko vandan."
(The valor of our soldiers is the symbol of sacrifice and bravery, The valor of our soldiers is the symbol of sacrifice and bravery...
Sacrifice yourself for the welfare of the nation, the youth which has slept till now.
The country is praising, the pen salutes you.
This memorial, every moment, will keep inspiring us to live for the country. Salute to the pilgrimage of valor and sacrifice)
The National War memorial is a tribute to the soldiers who were martyred while defending the peace and harmony of the country 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.
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).