Pune: National War Memorial reopens, to host light & sound show three days a week
The National War Memorial has been extensively renovated recently. It was dedicated to the citizens on Friday (January 29).
The National War Memorial will be open for all visitors in accordance with COVID-19 protocols, three days a week. Citizens can visit the memorial every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Through this memorial, citizens will be informed about the contributions of the Armed Forces in ensuring security of the nation and it will also aspire the youth of the nation to join the Armed Forces.
The National War Memorial has been extensively renovated recently. It was dedicated to the citizens on Friday (January 29). A Special Memorial Service was held to mark this occasion. Lieutenant General CP Mohanty, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command laid a wreath to honour the martyrs.
The event was graced by Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta and Pune Municipal Corporation Commissioner Vikram Kumar and a host of other important civil and military dignitaries.
The Memorial is a unique example of civil-military relationship, it was conceived in 1998 during the Silver Jubilee celebrations of Indian victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak War. The Memorial was dedicated to the nation by the then Governor of Maharashtra Dr PC Alexander. Over the years, the National War Memorial has become a distinguished landmark in the city and witnesses a footfall of more than 1000 visitors daily.
To enhance the aesthetics, eight ‘Pillars of Valour’ depict major operations by the Indian Armed Forces since Independence, four Murals depict the valour in various battles and twenty one busts of Param Veer Chakra awardees have been added to the Memorial.
The complete initiative was envisioned by the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command and has been whole-heartedly supported by the Pune Municipal Corporation and Amphenol Interconnect India Pvt Ltd, who generously contributed towards the renovation in the true spirit of civil-military co-operation.