Written by Staff Writer
19 May, 2015 | 12:46 pm
The Ranaviru Commemorative Parade was held amidst much grandeur today. Heroic soldiers who sacrificed their lives during Sri Lanka’s dark era of war were commemorated at this significant event.
This national event, marking the sixth anniversary of the historic war victory, was held in Matara under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The Victory Day Parade which we, as a nation commemorate, was held in recognition of the ultimate sacrifices made by our war heroes, who gave life and limb to ensure the victory of law over fear and democracy over terrorism, commenced at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
The event was graced by commanders of the tri-forces, Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya, Secretary of Defence B.M.U.D Basnayake, Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Commander in Chief, President Maithripala Sirisena arrived for the opening ceremony of the parade.
The Ranaviru Commemorative Parade commenced subsequently, showcasing the pride of our nation.
A minute of silence was observed in memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives to eradicate terrorism in the line of war.
Thereafter, a tri-forces guard of honour and 21-gun presidential salute were given out by members of the armed forces. Addressing the event President said:
We are obligated to show our gratitude towards the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Civil Security, all state leaders and everyone who contributed to put an end to the war which started back in the 80s.
He further stated:
We, as the new government, will take every measure necessary to strengthen national security for the future of our motherland. Also, measures are underway to set up a new plan for national security. And we will take the responsibility of ensuring that a war will not take place in this country ever again.
The President, in conclusion, stated that the government will leave no room for terrorism, and for the LTTE, to raise its head once again.
The President said:
While rejecting the false propaganda carried out by certain extremists, it is with responsibility that we say, we will act in line with the national policy of the country and strengthen national security to fulfill the responsibilities and duties vested upon us to give you the required facilities.
Thereafter, our valiant heroes from the air, land and sea showcased their might for the parade.
The band of the tri-forces commenced the commemorative parade.
Major General Channa Gunathileka was the Commanding Officer of the parade. A contingent of 3255 army personnel, 1615 navy personnel and 916 air force personnel took part in the parade.
An item which caught the attention of all was the parade of the disabled soldiers who sacrificed their limbs for the nation at the hands of the terrorists.
While 955 police officers and 555 members of the Civil Security Forces took part in the parade, a new inclusion to this year’s celebrations was the parade of retired members of the tri-forces.
Members of the navy who sailed the deep seas to protect the nation also showcased their might. The country’s air power showcased by the Sri Lanka Air Force was also a spectacle which caught the eyes of many.
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