PM Modi inaugurates Dr Abdul Kalam's memorial in TN's Rameswaram

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 27, 2017 18:21 hrs
Prime Minister Modi inaugrates APJ Abdul Kalam's memorial in Rameshwaram

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Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's memorial at Pei Karumbu in Tamil Nadu's Rameswaram on the second death anniversary of the former President.

Prime Minister Modi unveiled a statue of Dr. Kalam, and offered a floral tribute. He also interacted with the family members of Dr. Kalam.

The Prime Minister hoisted the national flag at the memorial designed and built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Pei Karumbu.

He also flagged off the 'Kalam Sandesh Vahini', an exhibition bus which would travel across the country before reaching Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 15, the birth anniversary of the former president.

Addressing the gathering after inaugurating Dr. Abdul Kalam Memorial, Prime Minister Modi said it is a "great honor" for him to touch this sacred soil of Rameswaram, a center of deep spiritual knowledge.

"Rameswaram has a vital place in our history and it is also known as a place so closely associated with Dr Kalam. It is great honor for me to touch this sacred soil of Rameswaram, a center of deep spiritual knowledge. It is this sacred land that gave India one of its most famous sons Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam," Prime Minister Modi said.

Paying tribute to the People's President, Prime Minister Modi said that Dr. Kalam always reflected the simplicity, depth and calmness of Rameswaram.

Giving a standing ovation to all those laborers who worked with immense dedication in building APJ Abdul Kalam memorial, Prime Minister Modi said the memorial for Dr. Kalam showcases his life and times in a remarkable manner.

"Dr. Kalam inspired the youth of India. I can see that today's youth wants to scale heights of progress and become job creator," he added.

"We have to bring a transformation in the ports and logistics sectors, which can contribute immensely to India's growth," he said.

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