“When you go home, tell them of us, and tell that for their tomorrow, we gave our today”, is a famous eulogy for the soldiers who died in the battlefield of Kohima in 1944. John Maxwell Edmonds was the author of this eulogy and since its first usage, this one line has been the aptest description of the sacrifices of the soldiers. Honouring their efforts, Prime Minister on 25th February inaugurated India’s first National War Memorial in Delhi near the already popular tourist attraction, India Gate. Here is everything you need to know about National War Memorial Delhi.
The first talk about a National War Memorial started in 1960 when the armed forces of our country requested the government for the commemoration of fallen soldiers at a War Memorial. However, the project never really took off. Followed by a persistent demand in the year 2006, the UPA government formed a committee to overlook the demands of armed forces. In 2015, the current NDA government approved the construction of the memorial near India Gate, honouring the sacrifice of soldiers during multiple wars. Although the memorial was slated to open in August 2018, it was finally inaugurated on February 25, 2019.
Built in the vicinity of India Gate, which is also called All India War Memorial, the National War Memorial pays homage to the soldier who laid their lives during the Indo-Sino war of 1962, Indo-Pak war of 1947, 1965, 1971 and Kargil Conflict of 1999 and India’s Peacekeeping Force Operations in Sri Lanka. The memorial would honour 25,942 fallen soldiers.
Located near the famous Delhi tourism attraction of India Gate, National War Memorial can be easily accessed through public or private transport.
National War Memorial location: India Gate
Nearest Metro: Central Secretariat
There is no entry fee for visiting the National War Memorial in Delhi.
Timings for National War Memorial: Open on all days of the week, the timings for the War Memorial Delhi is from 9 am to 6:30 pm. However, the timings are supposed to change after March. From April, the timings would be 9 am to 7:30 pm. However, the entry to the memorial is restricted on certain days.