A soldier’s sacrifice is immeasurable and profound. Every year thousands of soldiers lay down their lives to save the citizens of the country and protect their motherland. Billions of Indians are able to sleep peacefully at night because there are men who are awake at borders, come rain, hail, or sunshine. And they do so without a complaint. It is not difficult to imagine how hard it must be for the soldiers themselves and for their families. Of children unable to feel the warmth of the love of a father who had to be out in open fighting the terrorists.
War memorials are built to pay homage to these great souls. One such war memorial is located at an elevation of 11,000 feet in Uttarakhand’s Nelang valley. Usually the trend is to offer flowers as a tribute but here tourists offer water-filled bottles.
The war memorial is dedicated to Havildar Jhum Prasad Gurung, Lance Naik Surender Singh and Gunner Din Bahadur of the Indian Army’s 64 Field Regiment. While searching water in the arid terrain of Nelang valley, which remained closed for half a century post 1962 Indo-Sino War, these three soldiers were caught in the avalanche and lost their lives.
And since then everyone visiting Nelang valley makes sure to pay homage to the memorial by offering water.
Clearly, we should remember the fallen not just with sadness, but also with eternal respect and gratitude, in the knowledge that we are living the future they fought for.