Homage means to honor and show deep respect to someone publicly. A day has been given to honor such courageous people who lost their lives towards serving their nation which is “Martyr's Day”. It is observed on 30th January of every year which is celebrated for the brave martyrs who died protecting the nation. This day is chosen as Martyr’s day as on this day, Nathuram Godse assassinated Mahatma Gandhi. We observe a minute silence on that day to pay our condolences to the freedom fighters who laid their lives for the nation. Endless statues have been erected in the country and roads, towns, stadiums, airports, and other places are named after monumental figures to honor their service to the nation. I have visited the Cellular Jail in Port Blair of Andaman and Nicobar Islands where the British imprisoned anyone who challenged their ways. The jail’s inmates were mostly independent activists like Batukeshwar Dutt, Babarao Savarkar, and many more were captured and ill-treated. That jail is now a tourist spot which showcases the confinement these brave people were in. Most of the inmates died there as they were jailed because they were exiled from India by the British. Museums all over India are named after these freedom fighters like ‘Nehru Planetarium’ and other educational museums educating us about various fields of education. All of these gestures will remain less against their input for the country. They shed their blood, sweat, and tears to selfless service, so we could see a better tomorrow. On Independence day, kites are flown all over India. We all come together as Indians on that day. I light diyas for the peace of freedom fighters. To this day, our defense forces lose lives at the borders while protecting the nation. It is every citizen’s duty to serve its nation in any way they can, whether it be by protecting it or working for it. I promise to respect the choices of our ancestors and freedom fighters, whose endless struggle has given us a free land to live, to work, to eat in. India has and always will shelter me and I shall die at its service. That will be my biggest honor.
List of Indian martyrs-
Lala Lajpat Rai