Taking the first step towards building a permanent monument at the UN headquarters, India has launched a virtual Memorial Wall to commemorate its soldiers who laid down their lives while serving in UN peacekeeping operations.
India’s Ambassador to the UN Asoke Mukerji unveiled the digital memorial wall on Friday at a ceremony to honour the 125 recipients of the Dag Hammarskjold Medal on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, as reported by news agency.
The virtual wall, called the Permanent Mission of India to UN, New York, can be accessed at www.pminewyork.org. So far, it has the names and details of 161 Indians who died in peacekeeping operations.
Mukerji welcomed uniformed personnel from across the world during the ceremony. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s message was also read out on the UN’s commemoration of International Day of Peacekeepers.
The initiative has been described “as an appropriate way to commemorate all the troops from member states of the United Nations who had given their lives while on duty under the Blue Flag of the United Nations.”