ALL GUNS SILENCED-Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan military held a ceremonial marking of the end of the battle with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) along the beaches of Mullaitivu and near the grounded Jordanian ship Farah 3, used as a final bastion by the Tigers. MBT and MBRL guns were fired towards the sea, perhaps for the last time, as a mark of triumph over terrorism.
“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn at the going dawn of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them lest we forget”
MULLAITTIVU: FLUTTERING Division, Brigade and Unit flags of the Sri Lanka Army in VELLLAMULLIVAIKKAL, PUTHUMATALAN showered their cool breeze on the entire NANTHIKANDAL lagoon and the Mother Sri Lanka alike when thousands of Army troops who toiled day and night for liberation of this tiny Nation in the past few months formally ceased their fire Wednesday (20) afternoon at 14.30 hrs during a military ceremony, headed by Major General JAGATH JAYASURIYA, Commander Security Forces Wanni, General Officers Commanding, Brigade Commanders, Senior Officers and all ground commanders.
Today’s military event, designed for official declaration of Silencing of Military Guns is unprecedented in the history of Sri Lanka, giving a humiliating blow to the world’s traditional myth that “Terrorism cannot be militarily defeated” as taught in military academia worldwide.
Amidst hails of greetings and warm wishes, Army troops fired a rain of symbolic last shots into the MULLAITTIVU seas after senior Army officers took their seats in the company of their fellow-soldiers. Marking the formal end of the brutal war, visiting Wanni Commander inspected weapon stocks captured from the LTTE that had been laid out on the ground at the location and took time off personally to extend his warm greetings to soldiers and ground commanders.
A two-minute silence was observed by all as a mark of respect to their fallen War Heroes before commencement of the day’s proceedings and it turned out to be an emotional moment of burst to some of those soldiers who lost their fellow-troopers in action. The brief ceremony came to a close after all soldiers together with their superiors posed for a group photo, one that would bring immortal memories for generations.
On the direct supervision of the Commander of the Army General Sarath Fonseka, Major General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander Security Forcers Wanni, 53 Division Commander Major General Kamal Gunarathna, 55 Division Commander Brigadier Prasanna Silva, 56 Division Commander Major General H.C.P. Gunathilake, 57 Division Commanders Major General Jagath Dias and Major General S. Sooriya Bandara, 58 Division Commander Brigadier Shavendra Silva, 59 Division Commanders Major General Nandana Udawatta and Brigadier C.P. Gallage, Task Force - 2 Commander Brigadier P.M.R. Bandara, Task Force - 3 Commander Brigadier S.D.T. Liyanage, Task Force - 4 Commander Colonel N.D. Wanniarachchi, Task Force - 5 Commander Colonel G.J.A.W. Galagamage, Task Force - 6 Commander Colonel K.A.C.H. Kodithuwakku, Task Force - 7 Commander Colonel A.W.M.P.R. Senevirathna, Task Force - 8 Commander Colonel G.V. Ravipriya, Area Headquarters Commander (Mannar) Colonel T.J. Nanayakkara, Area Headquarters Commander (Welioya) Colonel D.A.R Ranawaka and a host of Brigade Commanders, Unit Commanders and thousands of War Heroes in above Regiments actively contributed to the successful completion of the terrorist menace once for all.
OUR DEAR READERS ARE REQUESTED TO PLACE THEIR BEST WISHES FOR THOSE BRAVE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF SRI LANKA !