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Sri Lanka celebrates 70th Independence Day

Sri Lanka celebrates 70th Independence Day

[February 04 2018]

Sri Lanka celebrated her 70th Independence Day, under the patronage of HE the President .Maithripala Sirisena who is also the Commander -in -Chief of the Armed Forces, at Galle Face grounds in Colombo on the 04th February 2018.

The day commenced with the President hoisting the National Flag. And then, the "Jayamangala Gatha" was sung which was followed by a two minutes silence observed in memory of the fallen War Heroes. A special Gun Salute for the President was carried out by the Sri Lanka Army.

Making his Address to the nation, the President said that corruption, bribery and malpractices have the most unfavorable effect on the economic sovereignty of the country and everyone should carry out their duties properly. He also said that a broad national movement against corruption is essential for the self defence of the march towards the progress of the country. He noted that politicians as well as public servants must act with utmost financial discipline. The President said that the experience gained during the past seven decades must be utilized to face future challenges.

While paying tribute to the contribution of the War Heroes, the President said that when terrorists were trying to divide the country the members of the Tri forces, Police, and Civil Defence Services sacrificed life and limb to safeguard the freedom, unity and the territorial integrity of the country. Pointing out the rights of the people to live as equal citizens, he stressed the need of support and commitment of all the communities to achieve true reconciliation.

The military parade consisted of the squads of the Tri forces, Police, Special Task Force, Civil Security Department and the National Cadet Corps. 124 Officers and 3397 Other Rank personnel of the Army, 51 Officers and 1113 Sailors of the Navy and 47 Officers and 867 Other Rank personnel of the Air Force marched in the main parade representing the tri forces. The Police squad consisted of 36 Officers and 396 personnel and one Officer and 301 personnel of the Special Task Force. One Officer and 499 personnel of the Civil Security Department and 9 Officers and 314 NCC Cadets marched with all their regalia representing their respective institutions.

In the display of armored vehicles and other equipment, 58 vehicles of the Sri Lanka Army paraded the street while the Sri Lanka Navy Sail Past consisted of 08 ships and 11 Dvora boats. The Fly Past of the Sri Lanka Air Force consisted of 32 aircraft including fighter jets and helicopters.

The youngest son of the Queen Elizabeth, Prince Edward attended the ceremony as a special guest. Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, State Minister of Defence Hon. RuwanWijewardene and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC were present at the ceremony. Religious dignitaries, former President Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Hon. Speaker, Ministers, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Chief Justice, Parliamentarians, Provincial Governors, Chief Ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, CDS, Tri-Forces Commanders, IGP, senior state officials, Director General of CSD and a large gathering of distinguished invitees also attended the ceremony.

Exactly seventy years ago, on the 04th of February 1948, Sri Lanka gained independence from its colonial rulers, thus ending a long period of foreign rule. Since then, led by democratically elected governments, the country has come a long way and is now poised to reach a regional hub status in many spheres. It is one of the few countries in the world that has successfully defeated terrorism. Thanks to the sacrifices made by the valiant men and women of the nation we are enjoying the dividends of peace and prosperity.


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