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SF-J Celebrates Its 16th Anniversary

[2012-06-21 16:23:05]

Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J), the premier military establishment in the North, celebrated its 16th year of national mission giving priority to a series of multi religious observances.

A Catholic mass was organized on the 17th June at St. Marie’s Church, Oddahapulam which was followed by prayers at the Jumma Muslim mosque in Jaffna the same day evening.

On the 18th morning, officers and other ranks serving at the SF-J attended a Pooja at Mavaddipuram Hindu temple. The same day evening, a Bodhi Pooja was organized at the foot of the Bodhi in the Palaly SF – J Headquarters premises.

Main ceremony held on Thursday (21) commenced after the Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe and senior officers paid tribute to fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for the country’ sovereignty placing bouquets of flowers at the War Hero Monument at Palaly. A Guard of Honour was accorded to the Commander SF-J before he visited soldiers undergoing treatments at hospital. He wished them all fast recovery and distributed gifts parcels to inmates. During all ranks at lunch, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe thanked officers and other ranks serving in Jaffna for their immense contribution towards achieving lasting peace, assisting the government’s development programmers for Jaffna and initiating humanitarian measures being conducted for Jaffna populace.

The programme culminated with a grand musical show held at Palaly on Thursday evening.

This Palaly Army base was established in 1963 to prevent illegitimate entry of foreign intruders to the island. It was gradually transformed to a Task Force which was subsequently elevated as the Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna on 19th June 1996. Since its inception, the SFHQ-J rendered an exceptional service to the nation as the centre of command of the Northern military. Presently, this esteemed military establishment is giving its maximum contribution towards upgrading of Jaffna life through various welfare and development programmes for civilians.

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