National war heroes' ceremony today

National war heroes’ ceremony today

The national war heroes’ commemoration ceremony to mark nine years since the end of the 30 year long conflict will be held today.

The event will be held at the Parliament grounds under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at 4 this evening.

Army Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said 50 officers of the tri forces will be awarded the “Vishesha Seva Vibooshana” awards during the ceremony.

Accordingly 25 members of the Army, 23 members of the Navy and 2 members of the Air Force will be awarded the medal.

Meanwhile the current Commanders of the Tri forces and senior retired officers will also be awarded medals.

Police said a special traffic plan will be in place around Parliament Grounds today due to the war heroes’ commemoration ceremony.

Police said vehicular movement from the Polduwa Junction to the Kiyannam Junction along the Parliament Road will be restricted between 2pm to 7pm.

Accordingly all vehicles travelling from Colombo to the Polduwa Junction through Kiyannam Junction should travel to the Battaramulla Junction from the Polduwa Junction.

All vehicles should then turn right towards the Pannipitiya Road and reach the Palam Thuna Junction and turn right to the Kiyannam Junction.

The same route should be followed by motorists travelling towards Colombo.

Meanwhile Police said vehicular movement along the Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Road, Palam Thuna Junction, Pelawatte Junction, Battaramulla Junction and the Kimbulawela Junction will not be restricted.

The Sri Lanka Army alongside the Police and Civil Security Department are scheduled to commemorate fallen war heroes who laid down their lives during the conflict, in a special ‘Aaloka Pooja’ ceremony at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya today.

The event will coincide with the main event celebrating national War Heroes’ Day at Battaramulla.

The conduct of the unprecedented ‘Aaloka Pooja’ which will kindle 28,619 lamps, is dedicated symbolically to each fallen tri service and Police war hero and those reported missing in action during the conflict.

Accordingly the event which will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, will also be attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, Commanders of the Army, Navy and Air Force, Inspector General of Police and Director General of the Civil Security Department.

A representative gathering of next of kin of fallen soldiers have been invited to light the lamps at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya, in memory of the many lives lost during the conflict.

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