Written by Staff Writer
19 May, 2015 | 9:24 pm
President Maithripala Sirisena says that his government accepts the responsibility of preventing the re-emergence of a war in the country.
The President made this statement, addressing those present at the 2015 Ranaviru Commemorative Parade.
The Ranaviru Commemorative Parade was held with much pomp and ceremony on Tuesday morning, on Samudra Mawatha in Matara.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon, Secretary of Defence B.M.U.D Basnayake, Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commanders of the tri-forces, the Inspector General of Police, ministers and parliamentarians, state officers and ambassadors, among other invitees.
The proceedings got underway following the arrival of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The Ranaviru Commemorative Parade commenced showcasing the pride of our nation with the hoisting of the national flag by the President.
A minute of silence was observed in memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives to liberate Sri Lanka from the clutches of terrorism.
Thereafter, a tri-forces guard of honour and a 21-gun presidential salute were presented by members of the armed forces.
Speaking at Tuesday’s event, the President said that they are obligated to show their gratitude to the army, navy, air force, police, civil defence force, state leaders and all who contributed to put an end to the war which started back in the 80s.
The head of the state added that as a country it was clearly evident that a post-war reconciliation policy wasn’t implemented to repair broken hearts; adding that the new government’s policy is reconciliation and development.
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