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Sri Lanka celebrates 69th Independence Day

Sri Lanka celebrates 69th Independence Day

[Feb 04 2017]

President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Maithripala Sirisena was the Chief Guest at the main ceremony of the 69th Independence Day celebrations held at the Galle Face Green in Colombo today morning (4th Saturday, February 2017).

Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi were also present at the ceremony.

The event commenced with President hoisting the national flag. Thereafter the Jayamangala gatha was sung to usher blessings to the nation. A two minutes silence was also observed in memory of the fallen War Heroes.

Subsequently, a guard of honour was accorded to the President followed by the 21-Gun Salute.

Speaking at the event President stated that, in the process to development, it is necessary to achieve ethnic reconciliation and religious coexistence, which are already considered as priorities by the government. President highlighted that, the nation is comprised with strong, educated, talented and intelligent people, who have the ability, knowledge and resources in building the nation.

He also said that, it is important to remember the brave war heroes who sacrificed their lives and limbs to protect the motherland from the L. T. T. E. terrorism throughout 30 years. He pointed out that, we should remember the lessons we learnt from the past in which about 100,000 people lost their lives.

President also expressed his gratitude towards those who contributed for the 69th national independence celebration.

Around 8000 personnel representing Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Civil Security Department and National Cadet Corps participated for the annual parade. Navy and Air Force also made their sail-past and the fly-past at the bordering seas off Galle Face green amidst the parade. The parade also included a special parachute display and vehicle parade.

Accordingly, 183 officers and 3973 soldiers from Army, 32 officers and 878 sailors from Navy, 70 officers and 1055 airmen from Air Force, 18 officers and 470 policeman, 37 officers and 496 personnel from STF, 24 officers and 684 other ranks from Civil Security Department and more than100 personnel from National Cadet Corps participated for the parade.

Sri Lanka Navy accorded a 25-gun salute to the nation auspiciously on twelve noon in parallel with the 69th Independence Day ceremony at the Lighthouse, Port of Colombo.

Religious Dignitaries, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Hon. Speaker of the parliament, Ministers, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Chief Justice, Parliamentarians, Provincial Governors, Chief Ministers, Foreign Envoys, senior states official, CDS, Tri-Forces Commanders, IGP, Director General of CSD, State Officials and a large gathering of distinguished invitees were present at the event.


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