Saluting The Unsung Heroes: War Memorials In India

Saluting The Unsung Heroes: War Memorials In India
Dras War Memorial, Jammu and Kashmir , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

While the nation sleeps peacefully, there are those at the borders who make it possible

Simrran Gill
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The sacrifices of our Armed, Naval and Air forces are paramount. Each year some unknown brave hearts lay down their life for the country so that the rest of us can have a peaceful sleep. War Memorials in India are located in various parts of the country, each counting and reminding us to be grateful for the day we made it. 

We bring you a list of war memorials across the country that you can visit: 

INDIA GATE, New Delhi

 
 
 
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Situated in Central Delhi, India Gate is not a sight that one would skip. It is a memorial dedicated to 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lay down their lives during World War I and the second Anglo-Afghan war. The memorial has the names of 13,300 servicemen, Indian and British, inscribed on it.

TAWANG WAR MEMORIAL, Arunachal Pradesh

 
 
 
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This war memorial stands in the memory of the brave heart Jaswant Singh Rawat, who held back the invading Chinese for 72 hours all alone. Rawat, was at his position at an altitude of 10,000 feet during the India-China war before he succumbed to an enemy bullet. Soldiers at the memorial take care of Rawat as though he were alive, by serving him meals during the day. They also run a snack store for the tourists, the proceedings from which are used to maintain the memorial.

KARGIL WAR MEMORIAL, Dras

 
 
 
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The Kargil memorial, situated on the Srinagar-Let highway, has been built in the memory of the soldiers and officers of the Indian Army who laid down their lives during India-Pakistan conflict in 1999. The memorial is located in Dras, in the foothills of the Tololing Hill. The Tololing Hill, Tiger Hill and Batra Top fall in the backdrop of the memorial. The memorial also has erected tombstones bearing names of the gallant soldiers. 

VICTORY AT SEA MEMORIAL, Visakhapatnam
The Victory at Sea Memorial was constructed after the Indo-Pak war of 1971. The memorial is dedicated to the Indian Navy and the Eastern Naval Command. During the 1971 Liberation War (of Bangladesh), the Pakistan Navy targeted the Visakhapatnam Port in order to destroy the Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. The first victory in this battle came after the Indian Navy sunk the Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi. The memorial is located on Beach Road.

KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY, Nagaland

 
 
 
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This war cemetery has been dedicated to the soldiers of Nagaland of the 2nd British Division of the Allied Forces who died in the Second World War at Kohima in 1944. The memorial is home to more than 1400 commonwealth burials along with an additional 917 Hindu and Sikh burials, who were cremated in accordance with their faith. The battle was won by the Allied Forces during the Second World War, forcing the Japanese army to retreat.

NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL SOUTHERN COMMAND, Pune

 
 
 
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This war memorial in Pune Cantonment dedicated to the post Independence war martyrs. The memorial in Pune is the only war memorial in South Asia that has been erected by the contributions of the citizens.

Other than these war memorials, India also houses war memorials in Darjeeling, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Jaisalmer as well as the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. These memorials stand in glory to pay homage to those who laid down their life to ensure that the residents of the country have a peaceful sleep. 


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