SFHQ-E Meets Muslim Community Leaders, 12 Division Organizes Dengue Eradication Programme , Kilinochchi Vesak Pandol Construction Begins, 25 SLNG Wins Security Force Challenge Cup in Elle, Army Hockey Players Carry Away President’s Cup , Mullaittivu & Panagoda Army Base Hospital Inmates Receive New Year Gift , Final Arrangements for ‘Abimansala 3’ Grand Opening Assessed , Pakistan’s NDU Delegation at Army Headquarters Learns More about Army Contribution to Post-Conflict Sri Lanka , Artillery Anniversary Gives Pride of Place to Memory of Fallen SLA War Heroes, Signal Corps Accommodation Buildings Opened , Ex-combatants Entertained in New Year Treat , Tamil Woman Recruits Complete Nursing Assistant Course , Jaffna School Students Given Incentives , Founding Anniversary Remembered , Army Troops Give Away New Home to War Affected Family & Kilinochchi Commander Reviews Progress of Other Houses Under Construction, Final Arrangements for ‘Abimansala 3’ Grand Opening Assessed , Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Wanni, Mullaittivu, Diyatalawa & East-Based Troops Join Hands with Civilians to Hold New Year Festivals, ‘Foxhill Super Cross - 2014’; Most Exciting Moments Seen In Many Years, Artillery Anniversary Gives Pride of Place to Memory of Fallen SLA War Heroes , New ‘Abimansala - 3’ at Kurunegala Pangolla Ready for Service of Permanently Disable War Heroes , ‘Foxhill Super Cross - 2014’; Most Exciting Moments Seen In Many Years, ‘Army Searchlight Tattoo - 2014’ to be Staged at Kurunegala for 3 Days, New ‘Abimansala - 3’ at Kurunegala Pangolla Ready for Service of Permanently Disable War Heroes , Work Begins After New Year at Army Headquarters; Commander Meets Inmates in Hospital, Army-built Four New Houses Given to Northern Civilians , Speech by Secretary Defence and Urban Development at the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA 2014), Mega Culinary Exhibition of the Army Begins in N'Eliya, May New Year - 2014 Usher In Fresh Thoughts, Happiness & Prosperity !, Work Begin After New Year at Army Headquarters; Commander Meets Inmates in Hospital, Mega Culinary Exhibition of the Army Begins in N'Eliya,
Sri Lanka Army Flag
Army Flag & Crest

Army Song & Lyrics

Related Links
Army Seva Vanitha Unit
Directorate of Army Benevolent Fund
www.gov.lk
www.defence.lk
Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force
Lanka Logistics & Technologies Ltd
SERRIC
Civil Military Coordination Jaffna
Security Forces Headquarters (Wanni)
Security Forces Headquarters (Kilinochchi)
Security Forces Headquarters (Mullaittivu)
Security Forces Headquarters (Central)
Officer Career Development Centre
Army Tenders

Army Tenders

Veteran Page

Government School Marks

Defence School Marks

Documentary on 5Rs

Nation Building

Air Travel Services

Sponsor a Child

Officer Cadets

Officer Cadets

News Archives
Please select:: Photo Story
Situation Report
Highlights
Features

Last 20 News Highlights
* Incident in Padaviya

* Soldier Falls Victim to Accidental Fire

* More Information on Medical Fund & Welfare Facilities Enclosed with April Pay

* Traditional Food Values to be Re-introduced at Army’s First Exhibition of Culinary Arts & Skills

* Long Overdue Housing & Disaster Relief Loans Are to be Provided without Delay

* Pakistan’s CJCSC General Mahmood Calls on Army Commander

* Army to Provide Relief to Drought-Stricken Wanni People

* Commander Congratulates Ajantha Mendis & Sekkuge Prasanna

* Visiting Pakistan’s Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Pays Courtesy Calls on President & Secretary Defence

* Elite Special Force Officers & Other Ranks Pass Out in Grand Military Ceremony

* Troops Organize Donation of 24 Limbs

* Army-Built 101 More Houses in Mullaittivu Vested in Civilians; 98 More Acres Released for Cultivation

* Jaffna Public Repeatedly Alerted to Mine Risk Areas During Programmes

* Army Admin Staff to be Updated with Techniques of Documentation

* Green Test, Now Mandatory for All Army Vehicles

* BANNED! NO FRONTING FOR LTTE

* Musical Fiesta ‘Sannaliyane’ Dazzles Huge Audience at Sugathadasa Stadium

* ‘INDISCIPLINE NOT TOLERATED’: COMMANDER DIRECTS MILITARY POLICE TO COOPERATE WITH POLICE PROBE ON SOLDIER’S ALLEGED FAKE NOTE PRINTING

* Police Guard of Honour Greets Commander

* Oman’s Military Officers Call at Army Headquarters

“Visit North & East, Experience The Reality Before Comment”; Secy Defence Tells Those Propagating Falsehoods

[Updated :: 2013-04-18 18:40:18 Hours || Home]
 

Addressing the media at the unveiling ceremony of Thoppigala War Hero monument, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary Defence and Urban Development said “This shows the peace and harmony in the area after the conclusion of a war that dragged on for more than three decades. Those criticizing our country internationally should visit these areas first and experience it themselves before comment”.

Thoppigala (Baron’s Cap), which remained a household name for some time in Sri Lanka before the culmination of the war, due to concentrations of marauding LTTE terrorists inside those dense jungles, and subsequent offensives of the troops, on Thursday (18), gave an eternal interpretation to the memories when the Thoppigala War Hero monument was unveiled by Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the invitation of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya.

On arrival, the Chief Guest accompanied by Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa, was warmly welcomed by the Security Force Commander (East), Major General Lal Perera and a Guard of Honour was awarded by the officers and soldiers of the Sri Lanka Artillery.

Unveiling of the monument was followed by the ceremonial opening of a Heritage Park and a Museum, evinces the legacy and the annals of the strategic Toppigala Peak and the stages of war on its terrain to the discerning visitors, by cutting a ribbon by Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Mr. Merrill J. Fernando, Chairperson of Dilmah (Pvt) Ltd.

The Rs. 25 million project, an architectural design of the renowned architect Mr. Nihal Bodhinayake,  was constructed by the Sri Lanka Army's 232 Brigade in the Eastern Province. It includes a nature trail, obstacle course to the peak, souvenir shop, cafeteria, camp site and rest room facilities for the visitors. This unique venture will not only open up new avenues for the emerging hospitality sector of the East but will also help to uplift the lives of the resettled communities in the area. Dilmah, Sri Lanka's international tea company had provided financial assistance for the project.

During the course of the event, Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa, Chairperson of the Ministry of Defence Seva Vanitha Unit distributed gift packs among the school children of the area.

Thoppigala War Memorial is a fitting tribute to the immortal memory of hundreds of War Heroes who laid their precious lives in defence of the country while fighting against terrorist strongholds in Thoppigala jungles. Soon after the success in the Mavil Aru operations in the East, troops made their way towards Thoppigala, flanked by columns of heroic soldiers.

The Chief of Defence Staff, the Commanders of the Army and the Air Force, Inspector General of Police and Director General of the Civil Defence Service were present at the occasion.

Here is the full text of Secretary Defence and Urban Development, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s speech:

Thoppigala, a historic area in the eastern province has been a habitat  for our indigenous people who lived in harmony with nature, flora and fauna and animals of many varieties. It is very rich with scenic beauty and natural resources, but the 30- year long terrorism did not permit the public to have free access to enjoy these attractions. Even those who lived in those ancestral villages were deprived of those benefits.

After successful Humanitarian Operations that liberated these areas, it is significant to make such places accessible to the common masses freely. Having created places of this nature for leisure and pleasure by the Army, people can improve their knowledge about such places, organizing educational trips or picnics. They can enjoy overnight inside jungle leisure camps while learning the importance of the natural environment and animals living there.

My special thanks go to Dilmah Company for its patronage, extended to make Thoppigala a place of tourist interest.

This provides a rare opportunity for the public to see for themselves. Those propagating distortions overseas against ground realities of the country after successful culmination of the terrorism here, could also join and see through their own eyes what we have achieved after the war. As a province where all three major communities, Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim live harmoniously, I would like to cordially invite all of them also to visit this place.
 

 
Commander of the Army

Latest on Video

Commander Visits 'Deyata Kirula' - 2014

Last 5 Photo Stories
* Final Arrangements for ‘Abimansala 3’ Grand Opening Assessed

* Artillery Anniversary Gives Pride of Place to Memory of Fallen SLA War Heroes

* ‘Foxhill Super Cross - 2014’; Most Exciting Moments Seen In Many Years

* New ‘Abimansala - 3’ at Kurunegala Pangolla Ready for Service of Permanently Disable War Heroes

* Work Begin After New Year at Army Headquarters; Commander Meets Inmates in Hospital

Last 20 News Features
* Army Cyclists Win Youth Cycle Tour

* Army Organizes Football Tournament

* SFHQ-East Celebrates Sinhala & Tamil New Year

* Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force Celebrates Its 133rd Anniversary

* 54 & 61 Divisions Have Their Own New Year Festivals

* Jaffna, Mullaittivu & Kilinochchi SFHQs Facilitate T20 Viewers with LED Screens

* Eastern Troops Help Common People in Myriad Ways

* Jaffna Tech Students Volunteer to Help Army Troops Cleaning Hospital Premises

* Company Commanders Attend Refresher Course

* Cardiac Patients Treated in Jaffna for Two Days

* Vakarai Civilians Get Eyes Examined in Mobile Clinic

* Bicycle Races & Joint New Year Festival in Jaffna Draw Crowds

* Elaborate Anniversary Programmes End with Musical Fiesta

* Kilinochchi New Year Festival to Promote Harmony

* Kilinochchi-Based Army Beat Groups Back Tamil Songs

* Nepal's State Officials Learn More on Kilinochchi

* 61 Division Engineer Service & SLEME Workshops Opened

* Kilinochchi Students Get More Bicycles

* SFHQ-C Cricket Tournament Identifies Potential Cricketers Elsewhere

* East Troops Organize A Series of ‘Pirikara Pooja Pinkam’ & Social Services

Copyright © 2013 Sri Lanka Army.
Contents of this site are the sole property of Sri Lanka Army and any duplication in any media is liable for prosecution.
Reproduction of these stories/data is possible provided its source is given due recognition.