Sri Lanka Celebrates 69th Independence Anniversary

Sri Lanka Celebrates 69th Independence Anniversary
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Sri Lanka celebrates its 69th Independence Day today. It commemorates the granting of self-rule to the Dominion of Ceylon from the British Empire on the 4th of February, 1948.

The main celebration will be held at Galle Face Green commencing at 8 a.m. with the participation of over 8000 personnel from the tri forces at the traditional victory parade and ceremony.

President Maithripala Sirisena will be the Chief Guest at the celebrations while Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, ministers and diplomats will be among others in attendance.

Maithripala-SirisenaTo mark the 69th Anniversary of Independence, President Maithtripala has sent a message stating that the nation indebted to forebears for freedom we enjoy.  In his message, he states :

“Many freedom struggles of the humankind have aggrandized the story of human progress. We, Sri Lankans, too have inherited a long history of such struggles that brings forth memories of grief and glory, from the times of our Kings to that of modern democracy. The nation is indebted to our forebears, whose selfless sacrifices of sweat and blood have brought about the freedom, in which we breathe today.

It is at a challenging and decisive moment, that we celebrate the 69th Independence anniversary this year. The responsibility of strengthening the recently secured democratic freedom as well as ensuring that, enriched by indigenous wisdom, all communities could live with dignity, lies on our shoulders. We have been able to overcome a dark era and reillumine our unsurmountable aspirations for democracy, freedom, and human dignity. However, the realization of the true meaning of freedom and independence lies in our potential to free ourselves from the shackles of all kinds and forms of poverty, ill-health, and confines of divisive identities of race, religion and caste, and enrich ourselves, as a society that values equity and rights of all.

We are a nation that deserves to live a prosperous life in a country where peace and justice and equality prevail.

 It is my sincere wish that we continue to prosper by vanquishing ignorance by knowledge, untruth by truth, hatred by compassion and violence by nonviolence and become a compassionate nation”.

Ranil-WickremasingheSri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has also sent an Independence Day message stating, “Unity paves way for a stronger Sri Lanka”.

In his message, he states, “As s Sri Lanka celebrates the 69th Independence Day, I believe that we are also celebrating the 02nd anniversary of the election of Good Governance Government.

In order to make the spirit of freedom more meaningful to us all, the Government must take steps that reaffirm the liberties of the people with regard to their economic, social and spiritual well being.

 During the last two years, we have been able to achieve many steps in the right direction; restore democratic values, rebuild relationships with friendly nations and affirm mutual trust while focusing on revitalizing the economy towards laying the foundation for a nation that has overcome various differences and is firmly anchored on principles of freedom and human values.

 Only a path that unites all can pave the way for a stronger Sri Lanka, a path that calls for what each of us can give of ourselves to our nation, to our common future and to a better tomorrow.

 May we as Sri Lankans possess the courage and the determination to choose that path this Independence Day”.

 

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