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Kindling The Flames Of Patriotism And Love For Our Motherland - Victory At Sea Memorial!

March 14, 2015

After a good night’s sleep, I was up and ready to explore the city yet again. No exploration would take place if my grumbling monster belly wasn’t put to rest, so I decided to eat breakfast somewhere close to my third destination in the city, Victory at Sea, War Memorial Visakhapatnam.

Vista, The Park was suggested by my driver and I thought I would give it a try. To my surprise, the driver knew a lot more than he led on. The place was fantastic to say the least. The restaurant served a wide range of items for breakfast that were lip smacking. The American, continental and Thai cuisine all available at the same place, this restaurant was heaven for a foodie like me.

I put an end to my breakfast with lovely caramel custard and decided that I could walk four kilometres to the memorial and burn some of the food I had just gobbled. As I approached the memorial, I noticed that it was situated near the beach, the smell of salt and fish was in the air around.

War Memorial Vishakhapatnam

War Memorial Vishakhapatnam | Image Resource : wikimapia.org

The memorial was built in the year 1971 by the Indian Navy to celebrate the destruction of Ghazi which was the name of a submarine that was under the control of Pakistan. The Indo-Pak war had many causalities and this memorial was in honour of those soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the greater good of the nation.

There were wordings engraved on the base of the central tower which read like this “The nation that forgets her defenders needs no ancestors”. I was touched by seeing this and the sheer bravery that our country has shown over the years. I could literally feel the kindling of patriotism and a sense of pride for being born in such a great nation.

It was suggested that the tourists that come here also visit the Submarine Museum just a few doors down. All in all, I had an unforgettable experience and decided to set off to the nearest beach and gather my thoughts.

The sun was shining high and noon was fast approaching. There were families scattered all across the beach and it was such a picture perfect view. My hands reached for my camera unintentionally and I clicked away before leaving for my next destination!

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