President Mahinda Rajapaksa today officially declared the commencement of the war heroes month, at a ceremony held at Temple Trees.
The Prime Minister, politicians, defence secretary and commanders of the three forces attended the ceremony.
The Ministry of Defence said that the month between 08th May and 08th June 2013 has been declared as the National War Heroes Commemoration month and a series of events have been scheduled to be held to coincide with the War Hero Commemoration including the Victory Parade at Galle Face Green and the special Commemoration Ceremony at War Heroes Memorial at Sri Jayewardenapura Kotte..
Several provincial ceremonies have also been scheduled to be held in connection with the event beginning from 11th May. The national ceremony in the Western province will be held on 18th May. The Northern Province ceremony will be held in Kilinochchi on the 11th while the Central Province ceremony will be held at the Mailapitiya monument on the 13th.
The North Central Provincial ceremony is scheduled to be held on the 14th at the Anuradhapura war memorial and the Eastern Province ceremony at the Trincomalee fort precincts. The Sabaragamuwa, Southern and North Western provincial ceremonies will be held in Ratnapura, Galle and Maligapitiya in Kurunegala respectively on the 16th. The Uva provincial ceremony will be held on completion of the renovation of its war monument.