Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to the Indian soldiers who fought in the First World War a hundred
Paying tributes to the Indian soldiers who fought in first World War a hundred years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reiterated India’s commitment towards world peace and pledged to create an atmosphere where wars do not occur.
“Today, as we mark 100 since the end of the horrific first World War, we reiterate our commitment towards world peace and pledge to work to further an atmosphere of harmony and brotherhood so that the trail of death and destruction caused by wars does not occur,” Modi said.
Remembering the soldiers who fought in the war, the Prime Minister said India was not directly involved but our soldiers have fought across the world just for the cause of peace.
“I have had the honour of paying tributes at the Neuve-Chapelle Memorial in France and at the memorial in Israel’s Haifa, places associated with India’s role in the first World War. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to India, we paid tributes at the Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk”, Modi said.
President Ram Nath Kovind also saluted the Indian soldiers “for their sacrifice in East Africa and the Western Front, Gallipoli and the Gulf, the sea attack on Chennai and the skies above France. Their memory commits us to global security and global peace.”
Leaders across the world paid tributes to soldiers and citizens who lost their lives in the war. Veterans and citizens gathered at various Remembrance Day events, in which commemorative wreaths and red poppies, the symbol of First World War remembrance for Commonwealth nations, were displayed on monuments and at cemeteries.
Sunday’s remembrances are the culmination of four years of commemorative events to mark one of the most tumultuous periods of the 20th Century.
The first World War lasted from July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918.
Millions of soldiers and civilians lost their lives in what became known as the Great War, and as many more were injured.