To pay homage to the martyrs from the Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives for the nation, a formal wreath- laying ceremony by the Army authorities will be held at Chandigarh War Memorial in Sector 3 on Friday morning.
For the first time, a choir will perform before the ceremony and the Army band will play patriotic songs while remembering the soldiers on the Martyr’s Day.
The formal wreath-laying ceremony will coincide with the two-minute silence to be observed across the country at 11 am. Governor of Punjab and Haryana, who also holds the charge of UT Administrator, Kaptaan Singh Solanki will lead the ceremony. Lt Gen K J Singh, GOC-in-C of Western Command, and other senior Army officers besides decorated war veterans and civil officers will also pay homage to the martyrs.
Civilians can witness the ceremony. Those who want to join the wreath-laying ceremony should reach the venue in the Bougainvillea Garden, Sector 3, Chandigarh, by 10 am. Entry inside the War Memorial premises will be barred after 10.15 am.
At 7 pm, a candle-lighting ceremony will be organised by the Chandigarh Administration which will be attended by civilians, school students, Army officers and soldiers along with their family members. An Army band will play patriotic numbers.
The Chandigarh War Memorial, which was set up with a citizens’ initiative led by The Indian Express, was dedicated to the nation by former President Dr Abdul Kalam in 2006. It is the largest war memorial of its kind in the country with names of over 10,500 martyrs who had made the supreme sacrifice for the nation since independence.