Hall of history and grandeur
As Sri Lanka prepares to celebrate its 68th
Anniversary of Independence, we revisit the Independence Memorial
Hall where freedom is carved in four pithy words – ‘Ni’, ‘Da’, ‘Ha’
‘Sa’ As Sri Lanka prepares to mark the 68th Anniversary of
Independence from British yoke, the simple celebrations are also
likely to mark the final Independence celebration under the island’s
second Republican Constitution, introduced in 1978 by the J. R.
Jayewardene administration. While the Galle Face Green prepares for
this national event – marking a new era under a constitution that is
to be made this year –not too far from the main venue lies a serene
and aesthetic monument that proudly marks Sri Lanka’s Independence
from British rule on 4 February 1948.