May 19, Colombo: Marking the eighth anniversary of the end of the war, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has vowed to strengthen the security forces as part of fulfilling government's commitment to safeguard national security.
Addressing the National War Heroes Commemoration Ceremony held in front of the War Heroes' Memorial near the parliament grounds today, the President said regardless of whatever the critics say, the Government is committed to strengthening the Tri-forces to fulfill its responsibility for the national security.
During the ceremony the President emphasized that the Government will fulfill its responsibilities towards the fallen and differently abled war heroes of the 30-year-long war without any shortfall in the same way it will fulfill its duty of taking forward the currently serving members of the Tri-Forces as persons who will be able to render an excellent service with new technology.
The President recalled that during the past two and half years the Government has implemented many new programs for the well-being of the war heroes and said that at present the program to provide houses for every war hero is being implemented in a comprehensive and an efficient manner.
President Sirisena commended the great service rendered by the members of the Tri-Forces not only in the issue of national security but also in the national programs including the drug prevention activities, development works and social welfare.
The President Sirisena paid floral tributes to fallen soldiers at War Heroes’ memorial, built to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives to protect the country from terrorism.
The Maha Sangha, other religious leaders, Governors, Ministers and MPs, Secretary to the President, Secretary to the Ministry of Defense, public servants, Heads of Security Services including the Tri-Forces Commanders and family members of War Heroes participated in this event.