Since the first battle of the Indian independence struggle, countless brave men and women have sacrificed their lives to protect the ideals and freedom of India. Their sacrifices are remembered today at memorial sites located all across the country. Noida Shaheed Smarak is one such famous land mark which honors the service and sacrifice of our brave soldiers, airmen and sailors.
Noida Shaheed Smarak
Noida Shaheed Smarak or the martyr’s memorial is a 25 feet high cenotaph in the center of an artistically laid manicured lush green garden. The impressive granite tower proudly stands on a large hexagonal black marble base. The design exudes a clear symmetrical organization radiating around the central focus. The names of martyrs engraved on Shaheed Smarak is a powerful permanent tribute to their valor, loyalty and sacrifice.
Following are the martyrs, whose names were originally engraved on Noida Shaheed Smarak. The list has now grown to 38 names.
Major Anurag Nauriyal, Capt DS Ahlawat, 2nd Lt S Kumar, Sqn Ldr IH Naqvi, Lt Col AK Chhabra, Capt S Sharma, Capt Shashi Kant Sharma, Capt Vijyant Thapar, Major Sanjay Sood
Visitors pay homage at the memorial and do the parikrama on the 1.5 mile and six feet wide path around it. They experience an emotional connect as they walk the grounds at the Memorial and leave with a clear understanding of the scale and sacrifices made by these bravehearts.
Vintage AD Guns of 40 mm L60 caliber are displayed at the entrance to the Smarak. South-eastern end of the luxuriantly green park has Naval surface-to-air missile. ISKRA Trainer Jet of Polish origin is installed in south- western corner. The trainer jet was presented by Air Chief on February 16, 2006.
Noida Shaheed Smarak is located bang opposite to the Army Public School on the eponymous Shaheed Smarak Marg in Sector 29. The visiting hours are 5-8 in morning and evening.
The Back Story
The idea of constructing a Memorial dedicated to war heroes whose families are residing in Noida was conceived in September 1998. The considerable number of martyrs from the small township of Noida coupled with enthusiasm of residents led to the formation of a registered society – Shaheed Smarak Sanstha. A team of dedicated ex-servicemen of Noida are associated with this sanstha in honorary capacity.
The ground opposite Army Public School was selected in consultation with Army Head Quarters. Post approvals from Noida Authority construction of the memorial was undertaken by the Builders Wig Bros at fifty percent of the cost as a mark of respect. Floriculture Society of Noida took up the arboriculture development of the land to give it an idyllic setting. Noida administration extended financial as well as maintenance support for the upkeep of the Shaheed Smarak. GOC-in-C Western Command and GOC Delhi Area supported the cause and instructed Army Public School to lend their help as much possible.
The three Service Chiefs had very graciously dedicated the memorial to the nation on April 13, 2002.
Annual Ceremonies at the Noida Shaheed Smarak
Every year three ceremonial functions are organized at the Noida Shaheed Smarak since its inception – Annual Wreath laying Ceremony, Dedication Day and Vijay Diwas.
Every February a wreath laying ceremony is held at the Shaheed Smarak in Noida to pay homage to the war heroes. The chief guest for the ceremony is Chief of one of the services by rotation. A candlelight ceremony marks the ‘Dedication Day’ on April 13, every year. Vijay Diwas is celebrated on the first Saturday after December 16 with the Vice Chief of one of the services by rotation as the chief guest.
The Memorial is supported by voluntary donations. Names of individuals and institutions who have made notable donations are etched on the walls of the Shaheed Smarak. Noida Authority is responsible for its upkeep. The memorial is maintained by Shaheed Smarak Sanstha.