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Martyrs Memorial Unveiled at St. Anthony's College
By Jacob L Shylla
Shillong, Jun. 8. St. Anthony's College unveiled a Martyrs' Memorial in honour of its two former students who joined the armed forces and the police department and valiantly laid down their lives to defend and protect the country and the state.
The Martyr`s Memorial erected at St. Anthony``s College
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The Memorial erected at the College on 6 June 2014 in honour of Anthonian Heroes - Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum (Maha Vir Chakra) martyred sometime between 30 June/01 July 1999 in the operations to capture Point 4812 and Raymond Phillip Diengdoh, MPS, DSP, of Ri-Bhoi District, Ashok Chakra, martyred on the 6th November, 2007 in an operation in Paham Umdoh under Byrnihat Out Post, bordering Assam'' is the first of its kind in the state of Meghalaya to be erected by a civilian organization. Engraved on it are the words ''Valiant Acts... Etched Eternal. For God and My Country/Honour, Courage, Sacrifice''

The Memorial was inaugurated and unveiled by Shri Vivek Syiem, SP, Crime, Shillong City in the presence of Mr. Keishing Peter and Ms. Saily Nongrum, parents of Captain Nongrum and his brothers and relatives, Ms. Saphimosha Blah, wife of Mr. Diengdoh, Ms. Sania Diengdoh, sister, and other relatives, the Principal, Vice-Principal, Rector, Faculty and Students of St. Anthony's College, Brig. William Sturgeon and many others.

On behalf of St. Anthony's College, Assistant Professor Jacob L. Shylla, Department of English, Shillong, highlighted the reason for erecting the Memorial in these words: ''We, at St. Anthony's College cannot but be proud of the men who have been a part of its student fraternity and have marched in the face of danger and snatched victory from the very jaws of death, regardless of their personal well-being. We have been inspired and stirred in our hearts to honour them as best we can. Their sacrifices are truly great but their lives lived in the shadow of death have been greater. In their dying, they have personified the love of which the Bible calls us forth to bear, ''Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends''. John 15:13.''

Shri. Peter, father of Capt. Nongrum, expressed his gratitude and joy at the inauguration of a Memorial in honour of his son. He then recounted the incident at Point 4812 where Capt. Nongrum laid down his life for the nation. He also thanked the College for grooming his son into a such a fine gentleman and for taking the initiative in erecting a Memorial to him.

Smt. Saphimosha Blah described the occasion as one which fills her with mixed emotions. She remarked that the death of Raymond, although a devastating incident in itself, is also an event that brings a lot of people hope. She also expressed her gratitude to the College for erecting the Memorial to remember her late husband.

Shri Vivek Syiem speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest said  that he and Raymond Diengdoh had been classmates since Class 1 and that they continued to study together in the same institution even going for police training at the same time and in the same academy. He described Diengdoh as somebody who lived his life with a sense of purpose and one who always made sure that he was understood clearly by his teachers and friends.

Shri. Vivek Syiem, the family of Capt. Nongrum, the family of Raymond Diengdoh, the Management of St. Anthony's College and the Associate NCC Officer of the NCC SAC unit laid wreaths at the memorial and paid homage to the Anthonian heroes. The 17 Dogra Regiment under the leadership of Havildar Tilak Raj and supervised by Lt. Rani Luckson performed the Ceremonial Tribute in honour of the two fallen heroes. The programme was chaired by Assistant Professor Jacob L. Shylla, Department of English, St. Anthony's College, Shillong.
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