CDS Rawat to pay homage to martyrs on 1st anniv of War Memorial

A view of the Amar Chakra

New Delhi (NVI): Chief of the Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and veterans from the three services will pay homage to martyrs on the first anniversary of National War Memorial to be observed tomorrow.

General Rawat, along with the three service chiefs will pay lay wreath and pay homage to the fallen soldiers at the War Memorial, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement today.

The monument was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 25, last year.

“The memorial is a fitting tribute by the grateful nation to its fallen heroes in the line of duty during various wars and internal security challenges since Independence,” the ministry said in a statement.

The events marking the first anniversary were commenced from February 22 with a static band display by the three services.

A quiz competition, based on Indian military history, is also being held between February 24-25, 2020 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 NWM.

Over 5,000-7,000 people visit the monument every day which includes a large number of students from the National Capital Region.

President and Prime Minister have paid tributes at the memorial thrice in the last one year.

The most poignant moment of the day at NWM is the wreath-laying ceremony which is conducted every evening, wherein one of the next of kin of martyrs lay the wreath at Amar Chakra.