War heroes remembered for supreme sacrifice
President Mahinda Rajapaksa lays a floral tribute at the War
Memorial in Battaramulla
The fallen war heroes who made the supreme sacrifice on behalf of the
motherland were remembered at a solemn ceremony at the War Memorial at
the Battaramulla Parliament grounds yesterday evening.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who graced the occasion as chief guest
was warmly received by the Chairperson of Rana Viru Seva Authority
(RVSA) Padma Wettewa along with Defence and Urban Development Ministry
Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and conducted to the special dais. Prime
Minister D.M. Jayaratne, Ministers, Parliamentarians, Provincial
Ministers, Governors and foreign dignitaries also graced the landmark
event. The President on his way to the special dais was seen exchanging
pleasantries with relatives of the war heroes.
After being conducted to the venue, President Rajapaksa received the
salute of the troops and stood to attention to the National Anthem. Just
after the main Victory Day celebrations at the Galle Face Green, Defence
and Urban Development Ministry Secretary, Chief of Defence Staff,
Commanders of the three Armed Forces and the Inspector General of Police
proceeded to the Battaramulla Parliament grounds to receive President
Mahinda Rajapaksa who was the chief guest.
The RVSA chairperson welcomed President Rajapaksa and other
distinguished guests by inaugurating the formal commemorative meeting.
Winding up her speech, she requested to observe a minute's silence in
memory of all war heroes who made the supreme sacrifice to safeguard the
sovereignty and territorial integrity of the motherland. Later,
religious observances followed.
The rhythmic beat of the traditional Jaya Bera was presented by the
Tri-service and Police band as a symbolic gesture to depict the bravery
and courage of the fallen war heroes of the three Armed Forces. Then,
President Rajapaksa with the RVSA Chairperson walked up to the cenotaph
and laid floral wreaths in memory of all war heroes. Later, Prime
Minister, Government Ministers, military top brass, IGP, Defence and
Urban Development Ministry Secretary and President's Secretary Lalith
Weeratunga placed floral tributes. Finally, the next of kin of the
fallen war heroes paid their respects. The children then lit lanterns in
front of the monument as a mark of respect to the war heroes.