Today marks sixth anniversary of war victory: National event commences

Today marks sixth anniversary of war victory: National event commences

Today marks sixth anniversary of war victory: National event commences

Written by Staff Writer

19 May, 2015 | 8:59 am

The national event marking the sixth anniversary of the historic war victory, which brought freedom to the Sri Lankan nation is scheduled to be held in Matara on Tuesday morning.

We as a nation will commemorate 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.

Following the assassination of Alfred Duraiappah, the Mayor of Jaffna, on July 27,1975, the LTTE surfaced, manifesting in total following the dark events of July 1983.

On May 18, 2009, the terrorism wrought by the LTTE, was buried forever at the Nanthi Kadal Lagoon.

In a dark chapter of its history, Sri Lanka gained prominence around the world in the use of phrases such as suicide bombings, armed conflict, intimidation and terror.

In 2006, the political and military leadership resolved to provide a military response to the violent and brutal transgressions of the LTTE.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and the cabinet of ministers at the time paved the path for the commanders of the armed forces, led by Army Commander, Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and Air Force Commander, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunathilaka, to launch a major offensive by land, sea and air.

It all began with the humanitarian operation in Mavil Aru.

In 2007, the LTTE had been driven out of the Eastern Province and within a few short years, they were driven off the map with the final victory at the Nanthi Kadal lagoon.

The victory brought all Srilankans the freedom to live as one nation under one flag.

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