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War Memorial comes alive on Martyrs’ Day

AMID the sound of bugles,offering of flowers and lighting of candles,Chandigarh remembered the supreme sacrifice made by the soldiers of the nation on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
January 31, 2009 12:14:57 am

AMID the sound of bugles,offering of flowers and lighting of candles,Chandigarh remembered the supreme sacrifice made by the soldiers of the nation on Friday. Hundreds of people took part in the sombre ceremonies held at the Chandigarh War Memorial to mark the Martyrs’ Day that saw a wreath-laying ceremony in the morning and lighting of candles in the evening.

Punjab Governor and UT Administrator General S F Rodrigues (Retd),his wife Jean Rodrigues and GOC-in-C,Western Command Lt Gen T K Sapru,along with several retired Army officers,laid wreaths on the memorial decorated with flowers. The armed forces contingent sounded the last post and reversed arms.

Defence personnel along with officials of the UT Administration and others from different walks of life were also present. After the wreath-laying ceremony,a two-minute silence was observed in the memory of the martyrs and also Mahatma Gandhi,who was killed on this day 61 years ago.

Chief of Staff,HQ,Lt Gen A N Aul,Home Secretary Ram Niwas,Deputy Commissioner R K Rao and senior officers of Western Command and UT Administration were among the prominent people present on the occasion.

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In the evening,hundreds of residents and senior defence officials assembled at the memorial to light candles. As the sun set,numerous candles shimmered at the memorial. Students from Shivalik Public School,St Annes Convent School,Army School and Army Law Institute were also present in large numbers.

The memorial,which lists the names of martyrs from Punjab,Haryana,Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh,is an expression of the nation’s gratitude towards the sacrifices made by its brave soldiers. It is dedicated to nearly 8,500 soldiers from the Army,Air Force and Navy who died fighting for the country since 1947.

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