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First Army Tattoo in Jaffna Draws Many Thousands to Durayappah Stadium

[2012-03-24 14:55:21]

Inculcating the sense of bravery and adventure in the young hearts of Jaffna, soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army taking part in ARMY SEARCHLIGHT TATTOO 2012 exhibited their skills and valour to thousands of people of all ages gathered to Durayappah stadium, Jaffna on Friday (23) afternoon.

Signifying peace and good civil-military relations in the peninsula, schoolchildren, youths and adults at the crowded stadium cheered in response as the events took place one by one on the ground.

The three-day long Army Searchlight Tattoo 2012 ceremonially inaugurated with the arrival of the Chief Guest Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya and the Guest of Honour Mrs. Emelda Sukumar, Government Agent Jaffna. As the gesture of goodwill and honour towards the good civil-military relations prevailing in Jaffna, Army decided to have the show open for the public free of charge.

All cheered in high glee and amazement when the Army Commandos and Special Forces parachutists skydived through clouds and landed on the middle of the Durayappah ground. Parachute Jumps, stunt motorbike riding and the Dogs show which added a novel experience to majority of Jaffna populace were the events that grabbed spectatorsí attention mostly. Drill display, physical exercise display, band display, simulation of a rescue operation, dismounting and mounting artillery guns within a few seconds and the talents of disable War Heroes were among the other events. Army had made arrangements to display the whole TATTOO on two mega screens throughout.

Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army Major General R.M.D. Ratnayake, Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Senior military and Police officers, senior government and private sector officials and community leaders were also among the large crowd present.

The show open from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. will end on Sunday 25th.

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