Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to fallen soldiers at the National War Memorial on the occasion of the 73rd Republic Day. Accompanied by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the Prime Minister laid a wreath at the War Memorial and Inter Services Guard played the tune of ‘Salami Shastra’ followed by ‘Sloka Shastra’. They were joined by three service chiefs – Army Chief General MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, and Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari. A two-minutes of silence was observed.

The Prime Minister also wrote a message in the digital visitor’s book at the memorial. In a departure from his usual “safa” and “pagri”, the PM wore a Netaji styled brown cap. It is his ode to India’s first army the Azad Hind Fauj.

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The National War Memorial has been built to honour and remember soldiers of the Indian military who gave their supreme sacrifice in armed conflicts of Independent India. The War Memorial was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 25, 2019.

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