The Colombo Lotus Tower was lit up in stunting red at 06.45 this evening (April 11), to pay tribute to all Sri Lankans who are leading the fight against COVID -19 outbreak.
“The Lotus Tower will be lit at 6.45 pm today to honor and pay tribute to the Healthcare, Armed Forces, Police and all supporting personnel, who are leading the battle against COVID-19” , President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said in a Twitter message.
The initiative was proposed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in retrospect of those at the frontlines engaged in a selfless service to the nation against the pandemic.
The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka Director General Oshada Senanayake told the defence.lk (TRCSL) that the Lotus Tower was lit as proposed by President Rajapaksa to pay gratitude and respect to all - the health workers, tri-forces and police personnel and all also those who were supporting voluntarily to the Government’s fight against COVID-19 to contain the spread of the virus.
"Their selfless service is the lifeblood of our country today and it is our duty to take care of them. This was also lit to inspire many others who are silently contributing their might to this battle to control the virus", he said.
Senanayake said it was everyone’s duty to contribute Government’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by assuring that they were staying at home and maintain social distance.
The Lotus Tower bloomed in red will be lit until dawn heralding the message that all Sri Lankans despite their differences – ethnicity, religion, cast or creed - are fighting with unity to save the country from COVID -19 and also saying a ‘big thank you’ for those risk their lives to save our lives.
Pix by : Sgt V.P.P Jayawardhana