Despite the announcement made by Arun Jaitely in the budget for constructing National Military Memorial at New Delhi, the national capital will not be able to take pride of having independent India's first military memorial, because Bengaluru will always have the honour of having the First National Military Memorial of independent India.
When centre remained unmoved on the persistent and long term demand by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, an independent Rajya Sabha MP, the parliamentarian got one constructed by the Karnataka Govt at Bengaluru. The construction for which had begun in 2010. Rajeev Chandrasekhar has been demanding the memorial in National Capital since he first became Rajya Sabha MP in 2006.
The irony is that 7.5 acre Memorial at Bengaluru is in the finishing stages and pace of work is very slow, hence the inauguration of memorial has missed the deadline several times in last three years. In Delhi also, it has to be seen when the work begins, as it has not started at all despite centre's announcements for the last two years. One of the tallest National Flags in the country, erected by former MP Navin Jindal also flies in Bengaluru's National Military Memorial.