Lt Gen Denzil Kobbekaduwa & Veterans Remembered
One of the finest War Heroes in our contemporary
history, late Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa was remembered
on 8th August by grateful fellow-military personnel and people of
Sri Lanka as 23 years have passed since his untimely death.
This year's commemorative ceremonies and different
meritorious activities as usual took place at Anuradhapura,
Tanthirimale and elsewhere with the participation of Mrs Laly
Kobbekaduwa and family members.
Laying of floral wreaths and presentation of
military honours took place in front of the late Lieutenant General
Denzil Kobbekaduwa statue at the Anuradhapura town on Saturday (8).
Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa whose
leadership and command brought about many victories to Sri Lanka
Army during early battles of the Eelam wars, fell silent on 8th
August 1992 along with fellow-military veterans, 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 they were on a military assignment
in Araly Point, Kayts, Jaffna.
Lieutenant General Kobbekaduwa's Regiment, Sri
Lanka Armoured Corps (SLAC), had its own commemorative arrangements.
Memories of the late Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, the
legendary War Hero of our times, were refreshed, distributing dry
rations to less fortunate in Thanthirimale, conduct of alms givings
and Bodhi Poojas, Dhamma sermons, etc.
Lt Gen Denzil Kobbekaduwa, an old Trinitian,
joined the Sri Lanka Army on 25th May 1960. After the basic military
training at the Army Training centre, he left for Royal Military
Academy, Sandhurst, UK for further training and was commissioned to
the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps, as a Second Lieutenant on 03rd August
Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa along with
several other military leaders made the supreme sacrifice when their
vehicle fell victim to a pressure mine on 8th August 1992 as they
were in Araly Point, Kayts, Jaffna.
Mrs Laly Kobbekaduwa and relatives of late General
Kobbekaduwa were also present at the Anuradhapura military ceremony
where floral wreaths were laid.
Courtesy : Army Media Unit