PM Modi breaks 48 yr outdated custom, pays tribute to martyred troopers at National War Memorial

by Jeremy Spirogis
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New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tribute to the martyred troopers on the newly constructed National War Memorial right here for the primary time as an alternative of Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate on the event of Republic Day. Located on the India Gate campus, this memorial was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 February final yr.

On the 'Amar Jawan Jyoti', the helmet of the jawan is positioned above a bowed gun and underneath it, the flame continues to burn. <! –

                 It was constructed in 1972 underneath India Gate in reminiscence of the troopers who had been martyred within the 1971 India-Pakistan battle.

The National War Memorial, unfold over an space of ​​about 40 acres, has 4 chakras 'Amar Chakra', 'Veerit Chakra', 'Tyag Chakra' and 'Rakshak Chakra' on which 25,942 jawans with golden letters are written on granite stones.

It has a 15.5 meter excessive memorial pillar, a always burning flame and 6 bronze murals depicting the well-known battles fought by the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy.

The memorial is devoted to the martyred troopers through the Indo-China battle in 1962, the Indo-Pak battle in 1947, 1965 and 1971, the Indian Peacekeeping Forces operations in Sri Lanka and the Kargil War in 1999 and the United Nations peacekeeping operations.

The 42 meter excessive India Gate was constructed through the British Raj because the All India War Memorial Arch in honor of the troopers killed in World War I (1914–1918) and the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919).

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