Wednesday, 04 February 2015 - 12:46
"Let us build a strong Sri Lanka" - President on 67th Independence Day
67th National Independence Day Celebration was held with grandeur at Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte parliamentary grounds today, under the patronage of President Maithreepala Sirisena and many distinguished guests.
IGP N.K. Ilangakone, Commander of Air Force Air Martial Kolitha Gunathilake, Commander of Navy Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, Commander of Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake and Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya also attended the celebration.
According to our correspondent, they were followed by President’s Secretary, Western provincial council chief minister, Western province governor, Minister of Home Affairs also attended the occasion.
Later, Chief Justice K. Sripavan, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike also arrived the celebration grounds.
President Maithreepala Sirisena was welcomed by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Home Affairs.
Many state ministers and MPs, the opposition leader, opposition MPs and foreign dignitaries graced the occasion.
Following a 2 minute silence to commemorate the heroes who sacrificed their blood, sweat and tears for the country, 21 gun salutes were accorded in honour of the President.
President Maithreepala Sirisena addressed the nation after 3 school students announced the Statement of Peace in three languages.
Expressing his views during the occasion, the President recalled historical account the struggle for freedom
The President also stated that the challenge of the present era is to take the country forward as a people-friendly nation while creating reconciliation among people in the North and south.
President Maithreepala Sirisena further reiterated that the main aim of the new regime is to eliminate poverty.
The President also stated that they will take measures to obtain the support of the international community through a moderate foreign policy.
The independence day parade was held thereafter with the participation of 6000 persons representing the three forces, police, civil security, cadets and the youth corps.
The parade also included a special cultural segment comprising representatives from all races.
Celebrations were held in many parts of the island in conjunction with the Independence Day.