On the occasion of the country’s 76th Independence Day, President Droupadi Murmu paid tribute at the National War Memorial in the national capital.
The president was joined by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is also the ceremonial commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. The event was also attended by Army Chief General Manoj Pande, Indian Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, and Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari.
A band performed melodies in honour of the courageous hearts who sacrificed their life in action as President Murmu laid a wreath at the memorial.
The war monument was attended by Army Chief General Manoj Pande, Indian Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, and Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari.
Earlier on the eve of Independence, President Droupadi Murmu, who is the second woman President of the country, said: “In celebrating Independence Day, we are celebrating our ‘Bharatiyata’. Our country is full of diversity. But, at the same time, we all have something in common. It is this common thread which binds all of us together and inspires us to walk together with the spirit of Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat.”
President Murmu said that India is a very beautiful country, because of its mountains, rivers, lakes and forests and the animals and birds that live in such landscapes.
“When the environment is facing new challenges, we must remain determined to preserve all that makes India beautiful. Conserving water, soil and bio-diversity is our duty towards our children. Caring for Mother Nature has been part and parcel of Indian culture. With our traditional life style, we Indians can show the way to the rest of the world. Yoga and Ayurveda are India’s invaluable gifts to the world. Their popularity is on the rise all over the globe,” she said.
The President said that citizens’ existence will become meaningful only in building a glorious India.
“Our beloved country has given us everything we have in our life. We should pledge to give everything we can for the sake of safety, security, progress and prosperity of our country. Our existence will become meaningful only in building a glorious India,” she said.