Wing Commander Sushmita Sekhon from the Indian Air Force on Monday spoke about giving interservice guard of honour in National War Memorial ceremony. She also said spoke about her experience of being part of the inauguration of the National War Memorial.
"Today honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated the National War Memorial to fallen soldiers. Their names have been inscribed in the memorial which gives me goosebumps. It is a feeling I cannot describe. It is an amazing feeling, I am proud to be part of this moment. I will never forget this feeling until the last day of my life.
"The opportunity was given to me after a selection process. A lot of practice goes into it to get to this stage. My family is extremely proud. My family is Defence family - husband, in-laws, brother all are in Defence," she said.
PM Modi inaugurated the memorial by lightning up the enteral flame positioned at the bottom of the 15.5-metre tall obelisk. He also attended a rally of ex-servicemen at the National Stadium before unveiling the memorial.
The state-of-art memorial boasts of four thematic concentric circles with a talll ceremoical obelisk at its centre that will bear the eternal flame. The layout of the memorial located behind the India Gate canopy and across the National Stadium consists of four concentric circles, radially outwards:
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 central obelisk is topped with an Ashokan Capital and the base bears the famous couplet 'Shaheed ki mazron par...' by poet Jagdamba Prasad Mishra 'Hitaishi'.
The names of 25,942 battle casualties have been inscribed across 16 walls that consist of granite pieces bearing the name, rank, and regiment of the fallen heroes.