Update: No room left for another war - says the President at the 6th anniversary of the end of war
The 6th anniversary of the end of the 30 year bitter war and remembrance of war heroes was held this morning at Samudra Mawatha in Matara.
President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and several distinguished guests participated in the ceremony.
The ceremony was officially commenced with the hoisting of the national flag by President Maithripala Sirisena.
After the recital of the national anthem, one-minute-silence was observed and, 21 gun salute was fired to pay tribute to the deceased War Heroes.
Addressing the gathering, President Maithripala Sirisena said no room would be left for another war to destroy the country or terrorism to revive again.
Later the ceremonial parade by the Tri-forces, the police and the Civil Defence force members began.
Parallel to the security forces parade, a colorful air show was held in the sky over the ceremony ground while a fleet of navy vessels paraded in the sea off the coast near Samudra Mawatha.
The army commando regiment members added color to the ceremony by performing parachute jump close to the site of the War Heroes Remembrance Day ceremony.
Update: Tuesday, 19 May 2015 - 18:35 ......................................................................
Reconciliation did not take place properly during post war period: President
President Maithreepala Sirisena says that proper measures were not taken for reconciliation among communities during the post war period.
He also said that the policy of the current government is to equally implement development and national reconciliation.
The President was speaking at the 6th War Heroes remembrance ceremony held this morning at Samudra Mawatha in Matara.
Government Ministers, MPs, PC members and state officers as well as foreign diplomats were first to arrive at the ceremony.
After the arrival of the IGP and the tri forces commanders, the Chief of Defence Staff followed suit.
Later, the Defence Ministry Secretary, the State Minister of Defence and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka arrived at the scene.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga reached the ceremony later.
The last to arrive at the ceremony was President Maithreepala Sirisena.
The ceremony was inaugurated after the President hoisted the National flag amid the recital of the national anthem.
Later a-minute-silence was observed and, a 21 gun salute was fired to pay tribute to the dead War Heroes.
Addressing the gathering, President Maithreepala Sirisena thanked all former state leaders and service commanders for their contribution to end the 30-year war.
During his speech, the President pointed out that national reconciliation was not taken place properly during the post war period.
He also gave a pledge that he would not allow another war or LTTE terrorism to raise their head again in the country.
3 thousand 255 army soldiers, 1 thousand 615 seamen, 916 airmen 955 policemen and 519 Civil Defence force members participated in the parade.
Parallel to the tri forces and police parade, a colorful air show was held in the sky over the ceremony ground while a fleet of navy vessels paraded off the coast in the sea near the ceremony premises.
The army commando regiment members added color to the ceremony by performing parachutes in the sky close to the scene of the War Heroes Remembrance Day ceremony.