Sri Lanka marks 65th Independence Day today

Monday, 04 February 2013 - 7:47


Sri Lanka’s 65th Independence Day celebrations will be held on a grand scale at Fort Frederick in Trincomalee today.

The celebrations will be held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘A Glorious Motherland - A Flourishing Tomorrow’.

Over 4000 invitees including members of the diplomatic corps and foreign embassies will attend the event.

Mass Media and Information Ministry sources said over 3,000 personnel representing the three Armed Forces, Police, Civil Security Department, National Cadet Corps and National Youth Corps will take part in the National Day parade followed by a cultural pageant comprising 860 artistes belonging to 16 cultural groups.

Over 100,000 people from all parts of the island are expected to witness the celebrations.