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Monday, 04 February 2019 - 8:29
71st National Independence Day today
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The 71st National Independence Day will be celebrated today at the Galle Face Green in Colombo.

The celebrations will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, while Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will be the guest of honor.

Meanwhile, in parallel to the main event, floral tributes will be paid to the D S Senanayaka statue at Torrington at 7.30 this morning.

The Independence Day celebrations will commence at 8AM.

5,848 Tri Forces personnel will participate in the National Day celebrations while 3,872 among them will be from the Sri Lanka Army.

In addition to many cultural events and display of fire power, a locally manufactured multi barrel rocket launcher will be unveiled today.

President Maithiripala Sirisena in a National Independence Day message said that our prime objective should be to collectively commit ourselves to achieve the true meaning of the freedom we obtained with a new vision.

The President said that to entrust the future of the nation to minds enslaved by imperialism for more than a century is more dangerous than being under the colonial rule itself.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that celebrating ‘independence’ does not necessarily mean that it has been entirely achieved to the true sense of the word.

He said that ‘Independence’ is fully realised only when all human beings in a nation achieve a state of environmental, economic, political, social and spiritual coexistence.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka needs to be transformed in to a self sufficient country able to withstand any foreign influence.

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