Tuesday, August 3

Kolkata: War memorial opens to public

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The Army’s Eastern Command on Sunday threw open Vijay Smarak next to the main gate of Fort William to the general public.

Vijay Smarak is a war memorial for soldiers from the eastern theatre who were martyred in the conflicts of 1961, 1967, 1971, Kargil as well as in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations. The memorial will be open for public from 2:30pm till 06:30pm on Sundays and holidays with last entry permitted at 5:45pm. Entry will be from the Red Road gate.

It comprises three granite pillars holding aloft the crest of the Eastern Command with an eternal flame burning below. On December 16, Eastern Army commander Lt Gen Anil Chauhan announced the memorial will soon be thrown open to the public.

On Sunday, a ceremony was held, during which Uma Adhikary, widow of late Sepoy Jayant Adhikary laid a wreath at Vijay Smarak.

 

Source: Times of India

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