On Wednesday, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat announced that the work on the National War Memorial near India Gate is expected to be completed by December end.
The National War Memorial will show respect to soldiers, who have laid down their lives for India since the time of Independence.
On the sidelines of an event in Delhi’s South Block, General Rawat told the source that “The work on the National War Memorial is likely to be completed by this year-end. It will include a wall that will carry the names of those soldiers who have laid down their lives for the country.”
Mr. Rawat continued, “The memorial would be iconic and serve as a new landmark, which would attract people from near and far.” Assuming a long-awaited demand of the armed forces, in 2015 the government of India had given approval for the project to construct a National War Memorial and National War Museum near India Gate in memory of more than 22500 soldiers, who have laid down their lives post-Independence.
An official statement released after the Cabinet meeting, headed by PM Modi said, “This government will be establishing a war memorial and a museum with a deep sense of gratitude to honor those brave soldiers, who laid down their lives.”
The statement continued, “The memorial will promote a sense of patriotism in the minds of visitors, and will award an opportunity to citizens of this vast nation, to express their token sense of gratitude to the brave soldiers, who laid down their lives for the motherland.”
India Gate is a war memorial, which was built during the British Raj as the All-India War Memorial Arch to honor all the soldiers, who died in the First World War (1914-1918) and the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919). The landmark has also been named of various soldiers engraved on its surface.