'Wayamba Rana Abhiman' War Memorial Unveiled in Kurunegala
gallantry of the Tri-service War
Heroes and the Police on Friday
(11) evening to coincide with
the Ranaviru Commemorative Month
received a deep reverence in
Ethugalpura during a solemn
ceremony with the opening of the
newly-constructed War Heroes
monument, 'Wayamba Rana Abhiman'
HE the President Maithripala Sirisena,
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, together with Chief of Defence
Staff, Army and Navy Commanders at the invitation of the Ranaviru Seva
Authority were present at the venue.
HE the President Sirisena and all attendees at first
respected the national anthem followed by observance of one-minute
silence in memory of all fallen War Heroes.
Religious observances of all denominations afterwards
got underway prior to the rhythmic beats of traditional Rana Bera,
Hevisi, Purappattu, Magul Bera, Geta Bera, etc, reverberating bravery
and courage of those who defended the motherland. It also symbolized a
tribute paid in memory of them as was the cause during the times of our
Seconds after that, President Sirisena in the company
of Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunawardena, Commander
of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the
Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimewan Ranasinghe and Air Force and Police
representatives, walked up to the War Memorial and laid floral wreaths,
in remembrance of all War Heroes of our times. It was a moment filled
with grief, pain and loss, but the magnificent memorial appeared to have
immortalized their memory for the living to see.
Immediately after the President, beloved next of kin
of fallen War Heroes lined up wailing and paid their respect to the
memory of their beloved ones as all the names of those War Heroes remain
engraved. They knelt down at the foot of the monument and went on
shedding tears while laying bouquets of fragrant flowers. It was a
solemn moment of memory, replete with emotions.
Next, sounded the Last Post honouring their memory in
to match with military traditions. Trumpeters of Tri-services and the
Police joined together to play the melody. As dusk was falling, the
Reveille sounded, marking the culmination of the formal ceremony.
Ministers and MPs including, Governors, Ariya Bandara
Rekawa and K.C. Logeswaran, the Chief Minister Dharmasiri Dasanayake,
former Deputy Minister Shantha Bandara participated in the solemn
The new monument has been established to replace the
displaced old monument following the widening of the previous monument
along Kurunegala-Dambulla main road. Under the guidance of the
North-Western Provincial Council, the Road Development Authority and
Ranaviru Seva Authority erected this monument near the Maligapitiya
All the construction works of the memorial were
carried out by the Corps of Engineer Services (CES) of the Sri Lanka
This war memorial displays all the names of the War
Heroes of the North-Western Province who sacrificed their lives to
protect the motherland. The entire project has been completed at a cost
of Rs 27 million.
Even though the previous war memorial was removed
clearly to acquire the space needed for the road development project, a
section of agitators attempted to give a political interpretation to its
displacement stating that the government has forgotten the War Heroes
and started to remove their statues.
When the President visited Kurunegala to attend a
ceremony on August 2016 promised to establish a more creative War
Heroes' memorial at that place. The foundation stone for this new war
memorial was laid on November 30, 2016.
According to the President's Media Unit, President
Sirisena addressing the gathering said that the present government at
any time did not work towards to condemn the War Heroes but always tries
to ensure their rights as well as to offer the honour of the nation.
The President emphasized that he rejects all the
accusations towards the government regarding War Heroes and said that
all these statements are meant to make the government uncomfortable.
Even though the government is accused of soldier
victimization, the real soldier victimization occurred during the past
regime. The present government fulfils its responsibilities with the
support of the international cooperation to secure the pride of the
soldiers, the President has said.
On the same occasion, the Provincial Minister of
Co-operative Development Piyasiri Ramanayake presented the cheque of
financial donation made by the North-Western Province Co-operative
members through the War Heroes' Welfare Fund to build the War Heroes
Memorial to the President. The President in turn handed it over to the
North-Western Province Chief Secretary, G.B.M. Sirisena.
The Chief Minister of North Western Province
Dharmasiri Dasanayake presented a replica of the new monument to the
President at the ceremony.
Courtesy: Army Media Unit