New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated a war memorial ‘Shaurya Smarak’ in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar were also present on the occassion. 
Spread over 12 acres, the ‘Shaurya Smarak’ portrays the different stages of one’s life. The valour gallery showcases the tradition of military honour.
Speaking on the occassion, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “The inauguration has happened at a time when our soldiers displayed their extraordinary valour on Sep 29 (#SurgicalStrike).”
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “We have among us, those who devoted their youth in protecting our nation. This is a special gathering.”
Here is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at the inauguration of war memorial “Shaurya Samarak” in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
  • It is my privilege that I have the opportunity to pay my tributes to our brave soldiers on this historic day
  • When we talk about our soldiers, it is mostly about their uniform, their valour but we must also see them as an example of humanity.
  • During floods in Srinagar, army men extended their help for the rescue and relief operation in the area.
  • While extending help, my soldiers did not for once think that these are the same people who pelt stones at them.
  • It is the call of humanity that inspires our armed forces when they’re helping people during natural disasters.Nothing else matters.
  • When we think of armed forces, we remember their bravery and also their role during a natural disaster.
  • India is one of the biggest contributors to the UN peacekeeping forces.
  • While rescuing Indians in Yemen, Indian army also rescued a few Pakistanis, this is the example of humanity of our Indian army.
  • Army, BSF, CRPF, Coast Guard jawans sacrifice their lives so that we can sleep peacefully.
  • About 1.5 lakhs Indian soldiers fought and lost their lives during the two World Wars. World must never forget this.
“Hindustan ka itihaas is baat ka gawah hai ki humare purvajon ne kisi ki ek inch zameen ko apna banane ke liye jhagda nahi kiya hai,” PM Narendra Modi in Bhopal.
  • The biggest strength and weapon of our army is its determination & will power & that is derived from the support of  1.2 billion people.
  • Like our army doesn’t say but displays its valour, similarly our Defence Minister also doesn’t speak.
  • Government decided to give skill development training to soldiers in last year of service so that they doesn’t have to struggle for jobs.
  • Previous government had made empty promises on One Rank One Pension (OROP) but when we came to power, we fulfilled our promise and implemented it.
  • Government decided to give skill development training to soldiers in last year of service so that they doesn’t have to struggle for jobs.
  • In some countries whenever people see jawans (soldiers) at airports or railway stations, they stand up and applause, we should also adopt this.