All set for the Independence Day Parade
[Feb 03 2017]
All arrangements are in place to hold the 69th
Independence Day parade under the patronage of the President Maithripala
Sirisena at the Galle Face Green in Colombo on 4th February 2017. This
year's ceremony is to be held under the 'National Unity' theme.
Religious observances are also schedule to take place
prior to the ceremony at Polwatta Dharmakeerthyarama temple in Colombo,
St. Theresa Church in Thimbirigasyaya, Grand Mosque in Colombo 12, Sri
Ponnambalawaneswaran Kovil in Colombo 13, and St. Luke Church in Borella.
The national ceremony, inaugurated with an All-night Pirith Chanting
Ceremony at the Independence Square yesterday (2nd Feb).
Total of 8000 personnel are taking part for the
parade, including 183 officers and 3973 soldiers from Army, 32 officers
and 878 sailors from Navy, 70 officers and 1055 airmen from Air Force,
18 officers and 470 policeman, 37 officers and 496 personnel from STF,
24 officers and 684 other ranks from Civil Security Department and more
than100 personnel from National Cadet Corps.
Special parachute display is also to be held during
the ceremony with the participation of tri forces personnel. The event
also to be includes a 25-Gun Salute to the Nation.
A special traffic plans is in effect in Colombo due to
the rehearsals being held in Galle Face.