Feb 03, Colombo: All arrangements have been made to celebrate Sri Lanka’s the 72nd National Independence Day at the Independence Square in Colombo tomorrow.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will preside over the National Independence Day celebrations that will be held under the theme “A Secured Nation - A Prosperous Country”.
The ceremony will commence at 9 am with the arrival of the President and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
According to the Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry more than 2,500 guests had been invited for the celebration including foreign diplomats.
The march-past will consist of 8,260 security personnel. Of them 4,325 members of Sri Lanka Army, 868 members from the Sri Lanka Navy and 815 members from the Sri Lanka Air Force will join the parade. Meanwhile 1,382 Police personnel will also be part of the parade. Sri Lanka Air Force will co-operate the celebrations flying 30 aircraft. A special air show, which consists of three K8 aircrafts, five PT-6 aircrafts, three F7 jets, three MI17 helicopters and a Bell 212 helicopter would also be held at the celebration.
A separate celebration will be held at Galle Face Green alongside the Independence Day celebration anchoring its ships at the sea facing the Galle Face Green. A special gun salute will be given at the premises.
In parallel to the main event at the Independence Square, an island-wide tree-planting program will also be held.
Meanwhile, a special traffic plan will be in operation from 4 am tomorrow in connection with the National Independence Day celebrations.