New Delhi. PM Narendra Modi, on the occasion of Republic Day, paid tribute to the martyred soldiers for the first time at the newly built National War Memorial instead of Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. This memorial located in the India Gate complex was inaugurated on 25 February last year. It was constructed under India Gate in 1972 to commemorate the soldiers who were martyred in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.
The National War Memorial, spread over an area of about 40 acres, consists of four chakras 'Amar Chakra', 'Bravery Chakra', There are 'Tyag Chakras' and 'Rakshak Chakras', on which the names of 25,942 jawans with golden letters are written on granite stones. It has a 15.5 meter high memorial pillar, a constantly burning flame and six bronze murals depicting the famous battles fought by the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy. The memorial is dedicated to the martyred soldiers during the Indo-China war in 1962, the Indo-Pak war 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.