The Government on Thursday announced that May 19, regarded as the War Victory Day for the last five years to mark the defeat of the LTTE terror outfit, would no longer be observed so. Cabinet spokesperson, Minister Rajitha Senarathne told the media that instead, it would be a day of remembrance for all those who sacrificed their lives for the country and who became disabled for the unity of this country, irrespective of ethnicity, religion or any.
President Maithripala Sirisena, in his Independence Day speech on February 4 this year, highlighted the necessity of working as a one nation instead of a number of diversities. He said, “The biggest challenge facing Lanka is the bringing together of the minds of the people of the North and South through a process of reconciliation.” Further, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, in a recent function, also said that Lankans should stop looking at the war dead as Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims, but as Sri Lankans as all of them were Lankans.
Accordingly, the celebrations will take place this year also in Matara in the Southern Province. Minister Senarathne said that there will be a military parade where President Maithripala Sirisena to preside the event. “It will be a Ranaviru Smaranaya (War Hero’s Commemoration Day) as well as a civilian Remembrance Day and no more a war victory day”, he added.
This year event has already been organized and named as “Ranaviru Commemorative Parade-2015” will be in the city of Matara as organized by the Ministry of Defense.