Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 25, 2019 dedicated the National War Memorial to the nation in a solemn ceremonial function in New Delhi.
The National War Memorial, located near the India Gate in New Delhi, is a fitting tribute to the soldiers who laid down their lives defending the nation, post-independence.
The Memorial commemorates the soldiers who participated and made the supreme sacrifice in Peace Keeping Missions, and Counter Insurgency Operations.
Four concentric circles of Memorial
The layout of the National War Memorial comprises four concentric circles, namely:
National War Memorial Complex
• The National War Memorial complex includes a central obelisk (pillar), an eternal flame, and six bronze murals depicting famous battles fought by Indian Army, Air Force and Navy.
• Busts of the 21 awardees of Param Veer Chakra have been installed at Param Yoddha Sthal of the Memorial which also includes three living awardees - Subedar Major (Hony Capt) Bana Singh (Retd), Subedar Major Yogendra Singh Yadav and Subedar Sanjay Kumar.
• The Memorial complex is in harmony with the existing layout and symmetry of the majestic Rajpath and Central Vista.
• The complex is a commemoration of the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers since Independence with the names of 25,942 martyrs etched in stone forever.
• The memorial also has other features, such as artificial lighting in the evenings, and a walking plaza.
• The entry to the National War Memorial complex is free for all, but the main area and Param Yoddha Sthal will have timing restrictions.