New in Delhi: A Tri-service Monument,
Dedicated to the Armed Forces of India – The National War Memorial
Since Independence, more than 26,000 soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces have made the supreme sacrifice to defend the sovereignty and integrity of the country. The National War Memorial thus represents the gratitude of a nation to its Armed Forces. The Memorial will strengthen the sense of belonging, high moral values and national pride in our citizens. It shall stand testimony to the sacrifices made by our soldiers in the line of duty during various conflicts, United Nations operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations since Independence. It showcases the rich military traditions of our Armed Forces as a shining example of selfless service to the nation.
The design of the main memorial exemplifies that supreme sacrifice made by a soldier in the line of duty not only makes him immortal but also depicts that the spirit of a soldier remains eternal. The memorial has a distinct scheme of concentric circles:
Circle of Protection: The row of trees in the Rakshak Chakra is a reassurance to the citizens of the country about their safety against any threat, with each tree representing the soldiers who ensure the territorial integrity of the Nation, round the clock.
Circle of Sacrifice: The circular concentric walls of honour, which symbolize the ancient war formation ‘Chakravyuh’. The walls are clad with granite tablets where an independent granite tablet is dedicated to each soldier who has made the supreme sacrifice where his name is etched in golden letters.
Circle of Bravery: A covered gallery that exhibits six murals crafted in bronze depicting valiant battle actions of our Armed Forces.
Circle of Immortality: This has a central Obelisk with Eternal Flame. The flame symbolizes the immortality of the spirit of fallen soldiers with the assurance that the Nation will never forget their sacrifices.