May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka today will commemorate the completion of a decade of peace since the military defeat of the Tamil Tiger terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on 18 May 2009.
The official National War Heroes' Day commemoration organized by the Ranaviru Seva Authority (RVSA) will be held at the Battaramulla National War Heroes' Monument this evening under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
Military Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu the event will be held as the "Samaye Dasavarshikabhisheka Samaruma" -2019 (A Decade of Peace).
To coincide with the "Dasavarshikabhisheka" commemoration, the general public is requested to light a 'Lamp of Peace' at all places of worship, state and private sector organizations, homes, police stations and tri forces establishments island-wide on Sunday, May 19 at 1900hrs in memory of all those brave War Heroes of the tri forces, police and the Civil Security Department who sacrificed their lives for the country.
According to the military, 28,868 have died during the three-decade long war against the Tamil Tiger terrorists. Another 48,415 soldiers have been disabled.
Symbolizing all the fallen and disabled soldiers, floral tributes will be offered to 30 war heroes at the commemoration ceremony today. About 6,000 family members of war heroes will participate in the ceremony.
The National Ranaviru Seva Authority stated that the family members have been provided all the necessary security and transport facilities. Ranaviru Seva Authority has implemented a number of projects to improve the living conditions of the family members of the fallen and disabled war heroes.
Meanwhile, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has pledged to preserve the peace within the country following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks and last week's communal violence.
Noting that the country is now facing a threat of terrorism of a different nature, the Commander said the Army along with the other forces is prepared to prevent any similar attacks.