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War Heroes Who Brought Peace to Motherland Remembered

[2012-05-17 18:12:33]

Dedication and commitment of National Heroes of our age who gifted an undivided and peaceful country for future generations was remembered and honoured in a grand commemoration ceremony on Thursday (17) morning near the War Hero Memorial at Headquarters Security Forces - Jaffna (HQSF-J) at Palaly when the country celebrates the third year of defeating terrorism.

Official ceremony commenced with hoisting of the National Flag flanked by the Northern Provincial Flag and the HQSF-J Flag and singing of the National Anthem. Later, Hon. Governor Northern Province Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri, the Chief Guest, Hon Parliamentarian for the Jaffna District Mr. M Chandrakumar, Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Commander Security Forces – Kilinochchi Major General Krishan De Silva, Government Agent Jaffna Mr. S. Arumainayagam, Chief Secretary to the Northern Provincial Council Mrs. R. Vijayaluxmi, Mayoress Jaffna Mrs. Y. Pathgunarasa and a section of distinguished guests placed bouquets of flower at the foot of the Monument erected to remember the War Heroes who paid supreme sacrifice for the sake of sovereignty and integrity of the motherland during the thirty year war.

Lighting of the traditional oil lamp, multi religious observances and welcome dance of the students of Vavuniya Ulukkulama Sri Sumana Maha Vidyalaya preceded the welcome speech by Chief Secretary to the Northern Provincial Council Mrs. R. Vijayaluxmi.

Next, the ceremony reached its most emotional and much awaited climax where students of the North pinned the uniform of soldiers, sailors and airmen who turned differently able in the war, with Ranaviru badges and offered each of them a lotus paying their gratitude to heroes who ushered a violence-free and peaceful country for them to live in. Special gifts were presented to war heroes by the Chief Guest and other distinguished guests.

During the Chief Guest’s speech, the Northern Governor extended his gratitude to Security Forces for their commitment in bringing peace to our motherland. He reminded that only after they liberated the country from terror, rays of development fell on the Northern soil. He further said that soldiers’ untiring effort taken in accelerated de-miming in the affected areas enabled early resettlement of over 300,000 civilians in their original homesteads. The Governor appreciated the troops’ contribution in the government’s present development programme for the North.

Delivering the vote of thanks, GA Jaffna Mr. S. Arumainayagam paid his honour to Security Forces for eliminating terrorism from the country.

Students of Madukantha Maha Vidyalaya and artistes of Vavuniya Niruithaya Neweathana Kalamandiram presented cultural performances during the programme.

Religious leaders, Government Agents of Mannar, Mullaithivu and Kilinochchi Districts, Civil Administrative Officials, Consulate of India in Jaffna Mr. T. Mahalingam, senior government officials representing all government institutes in the North, Senior Armed Forces and Police Officers , teachers and school children also participated in the event.

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