A two-day event commemorating India’s victory in the 1999 Kargil war with Pakistan will begin here on Tuesday to mark the 24th Victory Day.
Preparations for the ceremony at the War Memorial here are in the final touches. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the event.
Mr. Singh will come on Wednesday to pay tribute to the jawans who laid down their lives for the nation.
Families of martyred soldiers visit the memorial every year on this occasion. Many of them have already arrived here for this year’s event.
The main event to mark Victory Day and commemorate the martyrs of jawans will begin on Tuesday evening with a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial, where many present and former top army officers will lay wreaths.
The ceremony will be followed by a memorial service and a visit to the ‘Hut of Remembrance’ — a museum built next to the memorial.
The event will also include the lighting of lamps and a prayer service, followed by traditional pipe band and static band performances and a beating retreat.
Many tourists visited the War Memorial on Monday, the eve of Victory Day.
“We are visiting the memorial for the first time. We have been wanting to come here and we feel very lucky that we have,” Mr Amit Singh, a visitor from Bhopal, told PTI.
He said the visit was inspiring.
“Whenever we see anything related to our army — especially this is a major area where we have to put in a lot of effort, we also have a lot of martyrs — it gives us a lot of inspiration as Indians. We salute our braves,” Singh, who came with his family, said.
Dipendra, a visitor from Madhya Pradesh, said he got goosebumps when he entered the memorial.
After staying in London for a while, Mr. Dipendra is in India on vacation.
“I missed coming here two years ago but made it a point to come this time. I told myself that I will not miss this place (Darshan). There are many films made where we see heroic acts but this experience is beyond that. We get goosebumps here,” he said.
Mr Dipendra said it was a different feeling than watching on TV.
“When you enter here, it’s a completely different feeling. It’s really cool to see. One must come here to get that feeling. No one is going to be able to get this feeling sitting on the couch watching this program… Everyone should come here,” he said.