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National War Memorial: A tribute to India’s fallen soldiers

The memorial has names of 25,942 soldiers who died in multiple conflicts after Independence engraved in gold on granite tablets.

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The National War Memorial, near India Gate in New Delhi, is a tribute to Indian soldiers who laid down their lives defending the nation, post-independence. (Express Photo: Abhinav Saha)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday dedicated the National War Memorial to the nation in a solemn ceremonial function. (Photo: PTI)

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The prime minister hailed the veterans saying, “This is new India which is a nation of new policies and new traditions, is moving forward making its mark globally, and the contribution of our armed forces personnel is immense.” (Photo: DD News/PTI)

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Initially conceptualised in 1961, the memorial came to life after decades of being under process. (Express Photo: Abhinav Saha)

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The memorial has been moulded as a “national centre for civilian engagement and reverence for the forces”. Over 250 people will be able to visit it at a time. (Photo: DD News/PTI)

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Busts of the 21 awardees of Param Veer Chakra have been installed at Param Yoddha Sthal which includes three living awardees Sub Maj (Hony Capt) Bana Singh (Retd), Sub Major Yogendra Singh Yadav and Sub Sanjay Kumar. (Express Photo: Abhinav Saha)

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The memorial has names of 25,942 soldiers who died in multiple conflicts after Independence engraved in gold on granite tablets, and placed on 16 ‘honour walls’ in two concentric circles named ‘Tyag Chakra’. (Express Photo: Abhinav Saha)

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The project was approved by the Cabinet in 2015, and its total cost has been pegged at Rs 176 crore. (Express Photo: Abhinav Saha)