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Remembrance Day ceremony held in Colombo

Remembrance Day ceremony held in Colombo

[November 11 2017]

 

The Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony, organized by the Sri Lanka Ex- Servicemen's Association was held at the War Memorial in the Vihara Maha Devi Park in Colombo, today (11th November 2017).

State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC attended the event and paid floral tributes at the monument during the ceremony, this morning.

The ceremony is held in memory of all the brave souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of the motherland.

The Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen's Association also launched a book titled "Foot Prints on the Sand of Time" during the ceremony. This unique publication is a written record of the 70 year history of the Association. The event also saw several members of the Association being decorated with special medals in recognition of their volunteer service towards the welfare of the local veteran community.

The War Memorial in Colombo was initially erected in November 07th, 1921 at the Galle Face but the cenotaph was later dismantled and reassembled at its present location during the Second World War as it was thought to be a prominent land mark for approaching enemy reconnaissance aircraft.

Religious dignitaries, Speaker, Ministers, Parliamentarians, Chief of the Defence Staff, Army and Navy Commanders, senior state officials and tri forces officers, members of the diplomatic corps, military veterans and members of their families and a large number of service personnel were also present at the ceremony.

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