National Awards conferred to 27 national heroes

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - 13:02

National Awards were conferred this morning on 27 national heroes who were banished to Mauritius consequent to the freedom struggle in 1818.

The relatives of these national heroes including Ehelepola Maha Nilame, Pilimatalawe Maha Nilame, Mattemagoda Disawa, Iriyagama Disawa, Iriyagama Rate Mahattaya, Meewature Hitapu Lekam and Ihagama Unnanse received the posthumous awards at a ceremony at the Colombo National Museum held to mark the National Heroes Day 2013 this morning.

Meanwhile Cultural Affairs Minister T.B. Ekanayake told our news team that another national hero Gongalegoda Banda was banished to Malakka after the freedom struggle in 1848.

The Minister said that the relatives of Gongalegoda Banda will receive a posthumous award on National Heroes Day next year.

Meanwhile, the beheading of Keppetipola Adhikaram, who lead the freedom struggle in 1818 against the English falls today.

In lieu of the 196th commemoration of the sacrifice of Monarawila Keppetipola Adhikaram, a ceremony was held at the ancestral home of the Adhikaram, in Hulangamuwa, Matale.

In addition, the Hulangamuwa road was also renamed Weera Keppetipola road in a ceremony held this morning.

Similarly another ceremony was held at the Monaragala – Keppetipola town to commemorate the sacrifice of the Adhikaram.

Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference held in Colombo today, the national organizer of the JHU Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe stated that Britain needs to compensate Sri Lanka for the atrocities committed during their occupation.

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