War Heroes Commemoration Month was ceremonially declared open with pinning of the first Ranaviru (War Hero) flag on President Maithripala Sirisena at a function held at the President’s Official Residence today.
The Government annually celebrates the War Heroes Commemoration Month to felicitate and commemorate the heroic soldiers who sacrificed their lives, eyes and limbs for the freedom of the Motherland. In parallel to the commemoration ceremony Ranaviru flags will be sold across the country.
The Chairperson of the Ranaviru Seva Authority, Mrs Anoma Fonseka pinned the first Ranaviru (War Hero) Flag on the President.
The Provincial Governors presented the income received last year from selling the flags in each province to the President.
During the event, the President said that the highest honour and tribute we can extend to the war heroes is to make the hard won peace, into a sustainable peace.
“The present Government is committed to ensure the welfare of the war heroes’ families and to protect the privileges of security personnel,” he said.
Provincial Governors, Chief Secretaries, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Secretary of State Defence Ministry, A.P.P. Kithsiri and Chief of Defence Staff and Tri Forces’ Commanders participated in the event. (Colombo Gazette)