Weekly drill to pay homage at War Memorial

Sakal Times
Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Memorial has an 18-metre high tower dressed in cherry brown granite with marble panels which carry the names of the martyrs on three sides

Pune: The National War Memorial at Morwada Junction in Pune Cantonment is a unique citizens’ initiative which has been constructed through their contributions. It was conceived in 1996 for Silver Jubilee celebrations of India’s decisive victory over Pakistan in 1971 which led to the birth of Bangladesh.

The Memorial has an 18-metre high tower dressed in cherry brown granite with marble panels which carry the names of the martyrs on three sides. Names of 2,847 Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and other ranks hailing from Maharashtra who laid down their lives in action since Independence to December 2016 have been inscribed on the marble panels.

As a mark of respect and in acknowledgement of the sacrifices made by our martyrs a weekly ceremonial drill is organised every Saturday to pay homage to the martyrs. The ceremony is open to all Puneties and gives them an opportunity to pay respect to the martyrs. The ceremony of Wreath Laying and Retreat Drill commences at 6 pm every Saturday.

Attendance to the above also provides an opportunity to pay a visit to the Southern Command Museum which is co-located with the National War Memorial. The Museum showcases the history of Maratha Empire in Block 1, history of Rajasthan and Southern India in Block 2 and glorious history of Southern Command in the main building. The Museum is open to all Puneties from 9 am to 6 pm except Tuesday.

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