Defence Chief Gen Rawat pays homage to martyrs on 1st anniversary of War Memorial

New Delhi: The first anniversary events of the National War Memorial commenced from 22 February with a static band display by the three services on three consecutive days. A wreath laying ceremony by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, along with veterans from the three services was organised at the National War Memorial today, 25 February.

A quiz competition based on Indian military history will also be held on 26 Feb comprising students from schools and colleges across Delhi. It was an opportunity for citizens to observe and interact with members of the armed forces and take part in celebration of independent India’s first National War Memorial.

The National War Memorial was dedicated to the Armed Forces by Prime Minister Narendra Modi one year ago on 25 February. It is a tribute by the nation to its fallen heroes in the line of duty during various external wars and internal security challenges that the armed forces of the country have faced since independence in 1947.

Ever since its dedication to the armed forces a year back, the Ministry of Defence says the Memorial has witnessed an enthusiastic participation with over 21 lakh visitors, both foreign and domestic. Over 5,000 people visit the monument every day which includes large numbers of school students from NCR. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi have paid tribute thrice at the Memorial in the last one year. A wreath-laying ceremony is conducted every evening, when one of the next of kin of the martyrs lays the wreath at Amar Chakra.

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