The installation of the 78-feet tall jumbo monolith (Veeragallu) structure bearing the names of martyred soldiers who fought for the country is currently in progress. The structure was originally scheduled to be erected by the end of July 2019.
"The Year 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of victory in 'Operation Vijay', popularly known as the 'Kargil War'. The Kargil War is a saga of strong political, military and diplomatic actions. The nation shall be celebrating the 20th anniversary of victory this year in Kargil War with pride, honour and inspiration," the Army said.
Nearly six decades after it was first proposed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National War Memorial, sprawled over 40 acres at the India Gate complex in the heart of the national capital.
Paying homage to the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack, Modi, accused the Opposition of “compromising national security”, saying demands of the defence sector were not addressed by the previous governments.
National War Memorial inauguration highlights: Names of the 25,942 soldiers who died in multiple conflicts after Independence have been engraved in gold on granite tablets, and placed on 16 ‘honour walls’ in two concentric circles named ‘Tyag Chakra’