26th death anniversary of Lt Gen Kobbekaduwa held in Anuradhapura
[August 09 2018]
commemorative ceremony was held
to pay tribute to late
Lieutenant General Denzil
Kobbekaduwa and other military
War Heroes who made the ultimate
sacrifice in the Araly Point
tragedy, in Anuradhapura on
According to Army media, the 26th death anniversary of
the late War Hero was held at the statue of Lieutenant General
Kobbekaduwa with the participation of Mrs. Laly Kobbekaduwa, family
members and senior Army officers in the Anuradhapura town.
Floral wreaths were laid at the monument of the late
War Hero by those present amidst the blessings of the Maha Sangha.
Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, one of the
finest military leaders of modern times of the country laid down his
life along with Major General Wijaya Wimalarathne, Rear Admiral Mohan
Jayamaha, Lieutenant Colonel H.R Stephen, Lieutenant Colonel G.H.
Ariyarathne, Lieutenant Colonel Y N Palipana, Commander Asanga
Lankathilaka, Lieutenant Colonel Nalin de Alwis, Lieutenant Commander
C.B. Wijepura and the soldier, Private W.J Wickremasinghe while on a military assignment at Araly Point in Kayts, Jaffna on 08th
Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa is a past pupil
of Trinity College, Kandy. He joined the Sri Lanka Army on 25th May
1960. Upon completing basic military training here he left for Sandhurst,
UK to receive further training at the prestigious Royal Military
Academy. He was commissioned to the Sri Lanka Armoured corps, as a
Second Lieutenant on 03rd August 1962.
His role during the early stages of the terrorist
conflict speaks volumes of the military acumen and command of this great
son of the soil. He has been awarded a number of medals including the
Rana Wickrama Padakkama and Vadamarachchi Operations Medal. He was
posthumously promoted to Lieutenant General and awarded the Vishista
Seva Vibhushanaya, Rana Sura Padakkama (twice), Uttama Seva Padakkama
and Desha Putra Sammanaya. His widow received the Uththama Pooja Pranama
Padakkama medal in 2010.
Colonel Commandant of the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps (SLAC),
Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage and General Officer Commanding, 21
Division Major General Ruwan Silva were also present at the ceremony.