New Delhi: Tokyo Olympics silver medalist weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu on Monday visited the National War Memorial and urged every Indian to visit the epitome of sacrifice and valour.
Speaking about her visit to the 40 acre open air memorial, Mirabai said, “My stays in Delhi have usually been for tournaments but this time I kept this visit on my itinerary as this place bestows the essence of pride, not only for the armed forces but for every Indian.”
“I am mesmerised with how the concept of building this memorial is inspired by the historic ‘Chakravyuh’ formation and the walls decorated with bronze murals depicting the battle scenes fought by the sons of our soil” she said.
“After coming here, I deeply feel that every Indian should visit this place at least once in their life,” added Mira.
The Indian weightlifter also paid tribute to martyr Major Laishram Jyotin Singh, who is awarded with the highest peace time gallantry award Ashok Chakra and hailed from her native state Manipur.
Depicting the glorious war history of India since 1947, the memorial is a gestation on the idea of rebirth of those unsung heroes through their stories, journey and struggles translated as spatial expressions.