06th February 2018 20:21:36 Hours
24 Division troops of the SFHQ-East, together with members of sister services serving Ampara District commemorated the 70th National Independence day near the Ampara Tank on Sunday (4).
8 Officers and 227 Other Ranks of Tri Service Personnel, together with Police, Special Task Forces and Civil Security Force presented a parade at the commencement of the proceedings before flag-hoisting took place.
School students at D.S Senanayake College, Ampara, Vipulananda Vidyalaya, Malwatte, Nindavur Almashar College, including Akkaraipattu Muslim Vidyalaya recited the National anthem both in Sinhala and Tamil Languages while hoisting the National Flag by the Chief Guest, Hon Minister of Primary Industries Mr. Daya Gamage.
Similarly, Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development, Dr. Anoma Gamage, District Secretary for Ampara, Mr. Thusitha P Wanigasinghe, Major General Mahinda Mudalige, General Officer Commanding, 24 Division and other Military and Police Senior Officers including Government Officials, together with religious dignitaries graced the ceremony as special invitees.
March of school Cadet Platoons and cultural pageant of school children and the Civil Security Forces added colour.
District Secretary for Ampara and Hon. Minister of Primary Industries Mr. Daya Gamage addressed the gathering.
He appreciated tri services and the Police for organizing a grand parade of this standard with the cooperation of the District Secretariat and other government authorities. A large gathering watched the day's proceedings.