National war memorial inauguration highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled India’s first National War Memorial on Monday. The war museum has come at a cost Rs 176 crore near India Gate in New Delhi. The memorial is located in a sprawling 40 acres of land. On Monday evening, PM Modi has lighted the flame positioned at the bottom of the stone-made obelisk. The event is being attended by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Chiefs of Tr-services- the Air Force, Army, and Navy. The National War Memorial has been built within a year from February 2018 to February 2019. The National war Museum has 16 walls made of granite pieces. These 16 walls have names, ranks and regiments of 25,942 war-heroes etched on it.
Talking about the National War Memorial, PM Modi has said that he always felt pain for not having such a museum in the country. PM Modi during his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ said he believed that for Indians, a visit to the National War Memorial will be the same experience as visiting a holy place. PM Modi said that the National War Memorial is a symbol of the nation’s gratitude to those brave-hearts who laid down their lives after India’s Independence.