New Delhi: The first anniversary of the iconic National War Memorial (NWM) will be observed tomorrow. The monument was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 February 2019. The memorial is a tribute to the nation’s fallen heroes in the line of duty during various wars and internal security challenges since independence.
To mark the first anniversary, a solemn ceremony will be held at the Memoral tomorrow. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and veterans from the three services will lay wreaths and pay homage to the fallen soldiers.
The events marking the first anniversary commenced on 22 February with a static band display by the three Services. A quiz competition based on Indian military history is also being held between 24 & 25 February in which students from various schools and colleges across Delhi are taking part.
Over the last one year, more than 21 lakh people including dignitaries, both domestic and foreign, have visited the National War Memorial. The Ministry of Defence stated in a Press communication that over 5,000 people visit the monument everyday which includes a large number of students from the National Capital Region (NCR). President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi have also paid tributes at the memorial thrice in the last one year. Every evening at the Memorial, a wreath-laying ceremony is conducted where one of the next of kin of martyrs lay the wreath at Amar Chakra.
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