Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the newly-built National War Memorial (NWM) at India Gate here on February 25.
“The prime minister will dedicate the memorial to nation on February 25,” sources in the defence ministry said.
Prior to inaugural ceremony, Mr Modi will address a gathering of ex-servicemen at the national stadium in the national capital, which is few meters away from the memorial site.
The NWM will honour around 26,000 soldiers who laid down their lives in wars and operations since India got independence in 1947.
In October 2015, the government gave its approval for building the NWM at a cost of Rs 176 crore. Earlier, it was to be inaugurated on August 15 last year.
Located at India Gate C-Hexagon, the NWM apart from having artificial lighting for evenings and a walking plaza, will have a 14 lakh litre water storage tank for rainwater harvesting, keeping the area green and cool, and preventing water clogging.
The memorial is having a layout of four landscaped concentric circles spread over 40 acres.
The four circles – Amar Chakra (circle of immortality), Veer Chakra (circle of bravery), Tyag Chakra (circle of sacrifice) and Rakshak Chakra (circle of protection) – will include a 15 m tall obelisk with eternal flame, bronze murals, graphic panels, inscription of names of martyrs and busts of 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees.
The adjacent India gate was built by the British in memory of 84,000 Indian soldiers killed during the World War I and the Afghan campaign.
The Amar Jawan Jyoti was constructed under the arch of India gate to honour the 3,843 soldiers who died during Bangladesh liberation war of 1971.