Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday inaugurated National War Memorial, the first of its kind in the country, in the National Capital.
In front of thousands of retired and serving personnel of security forces, PM Modi reserved special praise for the Indian army, applauding their ability to give a befitting response to whatever situation there may be.
"It is because of sacrifices of soldiers that Indian army is one of the best in the world....Whichever problem arose, be it from an enemy or because of nature, our soliders have always taken the first attack on themselves. They accepted the challenge first, and then gave a befitting reply," he said.
He then went onto express his happiness over the fact that it was his government which managed to build the first ever War memorial, and that too in a real quick time.
"70 years after independence, the first National War Memorial for the martyrs is going to be inaugurated. In this memorial, the names of thousands will be written who have given their lives for the nation. Since decades, there was a demand for the memorial. In the previous decades, there were efforts a couple of times, but nothing concrete was done. With your blessings, in 2014, we began the proceedings, and today, before due date, it is going to be inaugurated," PM Modi added.
The National War Memorial is a state-of-art memorial which 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 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.