Victory Day Parade began-Sri Lanka
Reporting from Galle Face Green.
THE TRIUMPHANT MOOD of the Nation’s hard-fought victory over LTTE terrorism reached its zenith Wednesday (3) forenoon, as tri-service Commanders formally presented scrolls on conclusion of the War to their military chief, President Mahinda Rajapaksa during National Victory Parade celebration at Galle Face Green.
The National Victory Parade, the historic celebration of the win over LTTE terrorism that gripped <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Sri Lanka over 30 years was held to pay tribute to all War Heroes who rendered a yeoman service during the War against terrorism.
The Victory Day Parade began at the Galle Face Green-Colombo,Sri Lanka an hour ago. The tri-services and the Police are supposed to display their military prowess during this event.Few minutes ago Sri Lankan National Flag hoisted.Now Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is addressing the Nation and said that the war was against LTTE not for Tamils.Also said it is the time to stop pointless political debates & work towards the developing country.
Address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Victory Day Parade to pay national tribute to the Security Forces following the defeat of terrorism Galle Face Green, Colombo
June 03, 2009
I declare with great pride and dignity that I have hoisted the national flag in a single country unified under a single standard. Before me are our armed forces who astonished the world by their skill in war, discipline, efficiency and valour. It is with great expectation for the future that I address the Sri Lankan nation that is having pleasant dreams of bringing about the dawn of a great and distinguished future.
Friends This is the Motherland of us all.
We should live in this country as the children of one mother, as brothers and
There can be no differences here. The war fought against the LTTE was not a war fought against the Tamil people.
Our Heroic Troops sacrificed their lives to save the innocent Tamil people from the clutches of the LTTE. We cannot forget the great service rendered by them.
The victory we gained defeating the LTTE, is a victory for our entire land.
It is great victory you obtained.
It is a victory for all who live in our country.
My dear Heroic Troops,
The war against the terrorists is now over.
It is now the time to win over the hearts of the Tamil people. The Tamil speaking people should be protected. They should be able to live without fear and mistrust.
That is today the responsibility of us all!
A victorious moment It was a magnificent occasion. Yesterday's National Victory Parade by the Armed Forces as well as the Police and the Civil Security Force reminded the Nation again that these valiant sons and daughters of Mother Lanka had succeeded in defeating the world's most ruthless terrorist organisation, setting an example to the whole world. They displayed their might and pride at the Galle Face Green, with their Commander-in-Chief President Mahinda Rajapaksa in attendance.
The Sri Lankan Security Forces devised new strategies to outthink and outmaneuver the enemy and gain the upper hand on the battlefield. They worked in unison to frustrate the Tigers' plans to destablise the country.
The ground troops' task was made by easier as a result of the support extended by the Navy and the Air Force. .
All are expecting eagerly for the Tri Forces & Police Military Display. The Air force will have a parachute display with 30 Air Craft including Kafir & MIGs display and the navy in a procession while naval boat will simultaneously operate vessels in the seas.
We must allay suspicions of Tamils. says President in TamilJune 3, 2009 09:47 am
We must unite as a nation and allay the fears and suspicions of the Tamils and the other communities, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the Victory Day celebrations in Tamil a while ago.
[q url=""]The Army, Navy, Air Force and Police chiefs handed over the 'Sanasas' to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the National ceremony in Colombo a short while ago officially announcing the end of the war in Sri Lanka.[/q]
[q url=""]National victory parade on June 3 The nation's long-awaited victory over terrorism will be celebrated in grand style on June 3, 2009 in a special parade at Galle Face Green under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Security Forces commanders, the IGP and troops who took part in the battle to vanquish LTTE terror, too would take part.
Security Forces personnel along with their commanding officers, engaged in direct operations in the recently concluded 'humanitarian operations' in the North and East is expected to take part in a special military parade.
According to the Government Information Department, the Military Commanders are expected to present a special memorandum to the President during the occasion, to mark the nation's victory over terrorism.[/q]
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