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Highlights| PM Modi inaugurates National War Memorial, pays homage to soldiers who have sacrificed their lives

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the memorial, spread over 40 acres in the India Gate complex here, by lighting the flame positioned at the bottom of the stone-made obelisk.

By HT Correspondent | Feb 25, 2019 18:55 IST
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Drawing inspiration from the ‘Chakravyuh’ formation, the iconic National War Memorial was Monday unveiled boasts of four thematic concentric circles with a tall ceremonial obelisk at its centre that will bear the eternal flame.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the memorial, spread over 40 acres in the India Gate complex in New Delhi, by lighting the flame positioned at the bottom of the stone-made obelisk.

Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Lt Gen P S Rajeshwar, during a briefing here, also said the Amar Jawan Jyoti built in 1972 underneath the India Gate arch to commemorate soldiers martyred in the Indo-Pak War of 1971, will continue to be there.

A senior defence official said the project has been executed at a cost of Rs 176 crore and its design was selected through a global competition.

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Delhi: Visuals from the National War Memorial

Delhi: Visuals from the National War Memorial.

 

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A multi faith prayer held at the inauguration of the National War Memorial

A multi faith prayer held at the inauguration of the National War Memorial in Delhi.

 

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PM Modi inaugurates National War Memorial in New Delhi

PM Modi inaugurates National War Memorial, pays homage to soldiers who have sacrificed their lives.

 

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PM Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the National War Memorial

Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the National War Memorial.

 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses inauguration ceremony of National War Memorial in Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the inauguration ceremony of National War Memorial in Delhi.

 

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PM Narendra Modi to dedicate National War Memorial

PM Narendra Modi to dedicate National War Memorial by lighting eternal flame below obelisk.