Today marks the passing of a year since 40 Indian jawans lost their lives in the deadly Pulwama terror attack and the entire country is paying homage to the fallen heroes in their own way.
One man, in particular, came up with a powerful way that he could honour all the martyrs - by making a special memorial for them.
Umesh Gopinath Jadhav, a Bengaluru-based musician, travelled throughout the country to meet the families of the martyrs and collect soil from outside of their houses.
He spent a good portion of 2019 travelling 61,000 kilometres covering 16 states and achieving this incredible feat. Hats off to him, for real, this is one of the best tributes ever.
He collected all the soil in one urn which is now displayed at the memorial that was inaugurated today at Lethpora camp in the Pulwama district.
The CRPF had invited Jadhav as a special guest at the wreath-laying ceremony since he's gone above and beyond to honour not just the martyred jawans but also their families.
And, this was all him, he didn't have any donations or sponsorships, it's all just from the good of his heart. After the ceremony, he said, "My main purpose was to pay respect and homage to the jawans who lost their lives in the attack. I have travelled more than 61,000 kilometres to collect the soil. Their soil is for mother earth. I am proud that I met all the families of Pulwama martyrs and sought their blessings. Parents lost their son, wives lost their husbands, children lost their fathers and friends lost their friends. I collected soil from their houses and their cremation grounds."
He added, "India stands with them, this is my message to the Armed Forces of the country. This is my small effort to show respect for the martyrs."
But, he's still not done it seems, as he's also hoping to raise about Rs 50,000 for each of the martyrsâ families. What a great man!