Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the inauguration event of the center on Wednesday “Swarnim Vijay Varsh” a program that celebrates 50 years since India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
The event will take place at the National War Memorial (NWM) in New Delhi on Wednesday, the government said in a statement.
At the event, Prime Minister Modi, the chief of defense staff, General Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs will lay a wreath and respect the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in duty.
PM Modi will also light the ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal’ of the Eternal Flame of the monument. Four torches will be lit and carried to the towns and villages of the 1971 war heroes who received the gallantry awards – Param Vir Chakra and MahaVir Chakra.
“Land from the villages of these Awardees and from areas where major battles were fought in 1971 is being brought to the NWM,” the government statement said.
Various memorial events will be held all over India where military veterans and Veer Naris will be congratulated and events such as band exhibitions, seminars, exhibitions, equipment, film festivals, conclave and adventure activities are planned, the statement added.
Several other dignitaries will also be present at the event.
In December 1971, the Indian Armed Forces achieved a decisive and historic victory over Pakistan Army, which led to creation of Bangladesh and also resulted in the largest military surrender after World War II.