celebration of 69th Independence Day was held on February 4th at
the Galle Face Green with the theme of 'National Unity'. Coincidence
with the Independence Day celebrations, an Independence parade was
organized by 51 Division under the guidance of Major General Mahesh
Senanayaka, Commander Security Force (Jaffna) and with the patronage
of the District Secretariat, Jaffna.
The parade which was consisted of Army, Navy, Air Force and Police
personals was commanded by Major Thilan Kumarasinghe from the Gemunu
Watch. Additionally, School Cadet platoons of St. Jhon's College
and Jaffna Hindu Ladies' College also took part in the parade. Similarly,
Osmania College, St. Patrick's College and Pararaja Sekaran Vidyalayam
displayed cultural event in the premises of District Secretariat
Meanwhile, two saplings of Ironwood (Mesua ferrea) were planted
by Mr. N. Vethanayahan, District Secretary Jaffna and Brigadier
Marvyn Perera, General Officer Commanding 51 Division, in the premises
of District Secretariat Office, Jaffna.
Mr. N. Vethanayahan, District Secretary Jaffna, Brigadier Marvyn
Perera, General Officer Commanding 51 Division, Commodore Rohan
Pradeep Gunawardana, Deputy Commander Northern Naval Command, Brigadier
Jagath Kodithuwakku, Commander 512 Brigade, Mr. Sanjeewa Dharmarathna,
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jaffna, Group Captain Lasitha
Harsha Kumara, Commanding Officer Air Force Base Station Palaly,
senior government officials, Tri Forces Officers, soldiers and civilians
participated in the event.