May 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said the military has fulfilled its responsibility in restoring peace in the country and urged the public to resume their daily routine and send their children to schools.
"There is a peaceful environment in our country now. Therefore, during Vesak period clearly engage in day-to-day activities. The government has declared Monday 20th a holiday. So after 21st send the children to schools. There is no problem to go to work or to continue daily activities," the Army Commander said at a religious event today,
The Army Commander said the nation should be stronger and the adults should sent an example to the children. "If the adults frighten the children not sending to schools, then there is a problem. Parents should take more leadership as citizens of the country," he said.
A special service was held today (17) at the St. Mary's Church in Bambalapitiya for the victims of the terrorist attack on the Easter Sunday under the patronage of the Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. A large number of officials including the Army Commander.
Speaking at the event, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said everyone should strive to protect the lives of people.
"We must protect the lives of all the people. A government exists for that purpose. An army exists for that task. A police also exists for that purpose. Laws and regulations in the country are to protect the people. Therefore, we must commit ourselves to protecting the most valuable human life," he said.
The Archbishop said he feels sorry for those foolish people, who with heart full of hatred destroyed the lives of children, youths, and elderly people without a care for their own lives.