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1 National Military Memorial Park, Bengaluru Citizenry's tribute to the Brave hearts FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

2 - National Military Memorial Park is a commitment by the people of Bengaluru & Karnataka, & their Representative Government to honour the men and families of Fallen Armed forces heroes from Karnataka who had served and sacrificed their lives for the Nation in various conflicts since Independence… - The central piece of the Memorial Park is the traditional ‘Veera Gallu’, an imposing 75’ tall monolithic granite monument, under the canopy of the tallest flag pole in the country, flying a suitably large sized National Flag, symbolizing the strength & courage of conviction of our martyrs. - The Memorial Park, coming up in Bengaluru at the 7.5 acre vacant space, adjacent to the Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain and co-located with Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, along the Shri T. Chowdaiah Road, is planned to enhance greenery & lung space for use by the local residents. "Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood: never." - Albert Camus ( ) French Novelist, Essayist and Dramatist National Military Memorial Park

3 National Military Memorial Park, Bengaluru, and all other memorials are meant to serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for younger generation. The proposed Memorial Park 'Veera Gallu' is an imposing and traditional monolithic granite monument which will symbolize the strength, courage of conviction of soldiers. The memorial will consist of a Motivational Hall where pictures of great men and other facts on the history of the armed forces will be displayed. "Every country in the world honors its heroes and their families. Bengaluru will be the first city and Karnataka the first state to do so, post independence.” - Member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrasekhar Why a National Military Memorial?

4 - To enable a platform for the dependent families of martyrs to pay their obeisance for the patriotic fervor and the sacrifices made by martyrs for the security of the nation - Generate a level of reverence in the minds of citizens towards the martyrs. - Arouse curiosity, generate inspiration and develop high levels of motivation to enable the younger generation in patriotic fervor and engage in national security commitments in addition to their normal activities. - Generation/development of militarized psyche (security consciousness) on the public/citizenry through self-discipline, secularised social values, nationalistic fervor/patriotism, alertness to face any un-predictable future situations/events by preparing one-self well in advance. “Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.” - Otto von Bismarck Objective of the National Military Memorial Park

5 War Memorials across the world, to salute martyrs & motivate the present and future generations

6 A below ground level Motivational Hall (72m x 14 m) is planned. As the very name implies, this space is planned very imaginatively with meticulously selected contents and laid out with the specific aim of bringing about desired effect of inspiring, motivating and informing the minds of the youth and other visitors. The National Emblem ‘Ashoka Pillar’ will be located at the middle of the Motivation Hall. It is planned to erect busts of Field Marshal KM Kariappa, OBE, Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw, MC, and a large sized photograph / Bust of Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC. Photographs (30” x 20”) of the 21 recipients of Param Vir Chakra belonging to all states and the Service Chiefs (COAS, CNS and CAS) hailing from Karnataka, are also displayed,suitably bordered and framed. “Perfect soldier, perfect gentleman, never gave offence to anyone, not even the enemy.” - A. J. P. Taylor Theme of the Motivational Hall

7 “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.” - Napoleon Bonaparte The foundation stone for the Memorial was laid on Feb 10, 2009

8 One of the main battle tanks used by the Indian Army The Battle of Asal Uttar in Punjab was the turning point of the 1965 war, where the brave Air Force Air warriors and soldiers of the Indian Army turned the tide against a Pakistani offensive with 300 Patton tanks. “The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.” - Thomas J. Jackson Motivational showcasing ….

9 A Missile Boat of 1971 war A squadron of Missile Boats of Indian Navy led by Commander Babru Bhan Yadav, in a daring & audacious move, attacked the Karachi Harbour on the night of Dec 4 -5, 1971, sinking a number of ships of the Pakistani Navy and setting ablaze the fuel storage tanks at the Karachi harbour, thus crippling the Pakistani Navy. “The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” - Douglas MacArthur Motivational showcasing ….

10 A MIG 23 Fighter Aircraft at the NMM The MIG 23 fighter aircrafts of the Indian Air Force were dreaded & feared by Pilots of the Pakistan Air Force The Battle of Asal Uttar in Punjab and Longewal were the turning points of the 1965 war, where the brave Air Force Air Warriors and soldiers of the Indian Army turned the tide against a Pakistani offensive with 300 Patton tanks “Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal.” - Tupac Shakur Motivational showcasing ….

11 National Military Memorial Park, Bengaluru, and all other memorials are meant also to serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for younger generation – to familiarize them with the real heroes of India and to serve as icons for them. To arouse curiosity, generate inspiration and develop motivation and patriotic fervor, a Motivational Hall displaying artifacts of historical importance and personal valour has also been set up to benefit the younger generation. “The function of a citizen and a soldier are inseparable.” - Benito Mussolini The Memorial Site … 11

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14 A below ground level Motivational Hall is an effort to preserve the greenery of the park above the Hall. 14

15 Lush Green Park The Memorial Park design incorporates green, lush, forested Park – a solemn, somber and inspirational space in the very heart of Bengaluru - consistent with the Heritage and sustainability objectives of the city. Many more ornamental trees are being planted in the Memorial Park to increase foliage and greenery. 15

16 Support the Indian Armed Forces and the National Military Memorial

17 “When you go home, tell them of us : for your TOMORROW, we gave our TODAY.” 17


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