The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Commander in Chief of the Armed Force, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena paid his respects to all members of the Armed Forces and Police who made the supreme sacrifice in the name of the Nation at the Ranaviru Memorial located at the Parliament Grounds this evening (19th May 2018). The event was organized by the Rana Viru Seva Authority under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence.
The singing of the National anthem marked the commencement of the ceremony. Mrs Anoma Fonseka, the Chairperson of the Ranaviru Seva Authority delivered a short speech of welcome which was followed by observing 2 minutes of silence. This was followed by Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian religious activities to invoke blessings on those who have departed and on those who are still serving in the Tri Forces and Police.
HE the President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the gathering and thereafter paid his respects to the war heroes by placing a floral wreath in front of the Ranaviru Memorial. He was followed by the Speaker of Parliament, Honorable Karu Jayasuriya, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka. The Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, and the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy also placed floral wreaths in front of the Ranaviru Memorial and paid their respects.
A tribute drum display "Ranabera" was also performed by the tri forces and police bands during the event. The ceremony concluded with the traditional final salute to the fallen, the playing of the Last Post by buglers of the tri services.