Secretary graces Remembrance Day ceremony
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Poppy Ceremony
organized by the Sri Lanka Ex- Servicemen's Association was held at the
War Memorial at the Vihara Maha Devi Park in Colombo today (08th
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena
Hittiarachchi attended the event and paid floral tributes at the
monument during the ceremony this morning.
The ceremony is held in memory of all those brave
souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of the motherland.
The main ceremony in Colombo was preceded by a number of Poppy Walk
events in Colombo and other regional cities including kandy and Galle.
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.
In October 2002 another unique monument was put up at
Mailapitiya in Kandy in honour of fallen heroes. It consists of several
landings to represent three forces and the police and names of War
Heroes killed and missing in action have been inscribed in granite
plaques placed in the landing sites.
Tri forces commanders, Colombo Mayor, members of the
diplomatic corps, military veterans and members of their families and a
large number of service personnel attended the event.