Ananda College pays tribute for Old Anandian war heroes
The "Anada Viru Harasara" organized by the Ananda
College, Colombo, to pay tribute to the Old Anandians in the armed
forces and police was held at the Kularathna Hall this morning (Jul 3).
His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President and, Commander in Chief of
the Armed Forces was the chief guest to the colourful occasion organized
by the college and the Old Boys Association.
The ceremony commenced with the religious observation
at the Ananda Viharaya after the arrival of the President. A combined
guard of honour was awarded to the President by Army, Navy and Air Force
cadets of the college , following the religious activities.
Distinguished Old Anandians who had performed a
pivotal role in the humanitarian mission; Prime Minister and the Deputy
Minister of Defence, Hon Rathnasiri Wickramanayake, Parliamentarian and
senior advisor to President, Basil Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary,
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Army Commander, General Sarath Fonseka, Navy
Commander, Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and Director General of Civil
Defence Force, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara received the "Anada Viru
Harasara" plaques from the President.
Senior Old Anandian officers of Sri Lanka Army Maj General
Jagath Rambukpotha, Maj General Jagath Dias, Maj General Kamal
Goonarathna, Brig Jagath Wijethilake, Brig Mahesh Senanayake, Brig
Prasanna Silva and Brig Chagi Gallage received the "Anada Viru Harasara"
plaques from the acting principle of the Ananda College Mr D.M.L.P
Rear Admiral Ananda Peries, Captain Noel Kalubowila
and Lieutenant Commander Nalindra Jayasingha of Sri Lanka Navy received
the honours from the president of the Old Boys Association, Mr Manju
Representing the Old Anandians of Sri Lanka Air Force,
Air Commodore K. Yahampath, Group Captain Ravi Jayasingha and Wing
Commander Dhammika Walikadapola received the "Anada Viru Harasara" from
the deputy principle of the Ananda College.
Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mahinda
Balasooriya and DIG Sarathchandra Liyanage, the most senior Old
Anandians of the Police received the "Anada Viru Harasara" from the vice
president of the OBA Mr Thilak Karunarathna.
Education Minister Hon Susil Premajayantha, and Old
Anandians of the House, Minister Tissa Vitharana, Rajitha Senarathna,
Dalus Alahapperuma, P. Dayarathna, Geethanjana Gunawardena, and
Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake, Secretary to the President Lalith
Weeratunge and serving Old Anandians of the armed forces and Police,
members of the college OBA and students were also present at the