Remembrance Day ceremony held in Colombo
Forces Remembrance Day ceremony, organized by the Sri Lanka Ex-
Servicemen's Association was
held at the War Memorial in the Vihara Maha Devi Park in
Colombo, today (11th November
State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene and
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC attended
the event and paid floral tributes at the monument during the ceremony,
The ceremony is held in memory of all the brave souls
who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of the motherland.
The Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen's Association also
launched a book titled "Foot Prints on the Sand of Time" during the
ceremony. This unique publication is a written record of the 70 year
history of the Association. The event also saw several members of the
Association being decorated with special medals in recognition of their
volunteer service towards the welfare of the local veteran community.
The War Memorial in Colombo was initially erected in
November 07th, 1921 at the Galle Face but the cenotaph was later
dismantled and reassembled at its present location during the Second
World War as it was thought to be a prominent land mark for approaching
enemy reconnaissance aircraft.
Religious dignitaries, Speaker, Ministers,
Parliamentarians, Chief of the Defence Staff, Army and Navy Commanders,
senior state officials and tri forces officers, members of the
diplomatic corps, military veterans and members of their families and a
large number of service personnel were also present at the ceremony.