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25th Death Anniversary of two great War Heroes commemorated

25th Death Anniversary of two great War Heroes commemorated

[August 10 2017]

The 25th Death Anniversary of two legendary War Heroes, Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa and Major General Vijaya Wimalarathne was commemorated recently.

According to Army media, a series of commemorative events were conducted on Monday (07th) and Tuesday (08th) to mark the 25th death anniversary of Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa. Commemorative and religious ceremonies were conducted at the Denzil Kobbekaduwa statue in Anuradhapura town and at the Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya. A distribution of dry rations to the poor in Thanthirimale village was carried out together with an alms-giving, Bodhi Pooja and a Dhamma sermon programme at the Thanthirimale Raja Maha Vihara premises.

Mrs. Laly Kobbekaduwa, Colonel Commandant, Sri Lanka Armoured Corps (SLAC), Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage, Commander, Security Forces - Wanni, Major General Kumudu Perera, senior officers, family members of the late War Hero were also present at the occasion.

The commemorative ceremony of Late Major General Vijaya Wimalarathne was held on Sunday (06th) at the Gajaba Regiment Headquarters at Saliyapura, Anuradhapura. Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake also joined the commemorative programmes at Saliyapura on the invitation of Colonel of the Regiment, GR, Major General Shavendra Silva. The Army commander also joined in to place floral tributes at the late War Heroes memorial. He unveiled a photo of Major General Vijaya Wimalarathne and also planted a tree at the Gajaba Regimental centre. Mrs. Vijaya Wimalarathne and family members were also present at the occasion.

An all-night 'Pirith' chanting ceremony followed by an alms-giving for 100 monks, headed by Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Mahanayake Thero of Asgiriya Chapter was conducted at the Gajaba Regiment Centre.

Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, together with Major General Vijaya Wimalarathne, Rear Admiral Mohan Jayamaha, Colonel H.R Stephen, Colonel G.H Ariyarathne, Colonel Y.N Palipana, Commander Asanga Lankathilaka, Lieutenant Colonel Nalin de Alwis, Lieutenant Commander C.B Wijepura and Private W.T Wickremasinghe were victims of an LTTE landmine explosion at Araly Point in Kayts, Jaffna on 8th August 1992.

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