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President, PM pay tribute to Indian soldier who died in WW I

World War I lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918; where Over 74,000 soldiers participated from undivided India and lost of their lives.

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Published on 11 Nov 2018 9:59 AM GMT

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind remembered Indian soldiers who fought in World War I, a century ago, on Sunday.

PM Modi said India was committed to peace and pledged to create an atmosphere of harmony and brotherhood where wars don't occur.

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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."

Recently a 10-foot tall bronze statue was unveiled in honour of Indian soldiers. This new sculpture was made to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in November 1918, in England on November 4.

Remembering the soldiers who fought in the war, the Prime Minister said India was not directly involved in the conflict but Indian soldiers fought across the world for the cause of peace.

"Modi said, "Today, as we mark 100 since the end of the horrific World War I, 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.

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"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 World War I," he said.

"When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to India, we paid tributes at the Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk.

Some facts about World War I often referred as 'The Great War':

  • World War I lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918
  • The World War I ended at 11am on 11/11/1918
  • Over 74,000 soldiers participated from undivided India and lost of their lives.
  • The first World War (WWI) ended at 11 am on November 11, 1918, after Germany signed an armistice prepared by Britain and France.
  • The armistice was signed in railroad carriage in French commune of Compiegne.'The Triple Alliance' made up of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy fought against 'The Triple Entente' comprising of Britain, France and Russia in the war.

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