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Ex-Servicemen's 'Remembrance Day' (Poppy Day) Ceremony Lays Wreaths at Cenotaph

Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association organized ‘Remembrance Day’ (Poppy Day) and annual commemorative ceremonies in honour of country’s all fallen War Heroes took place at the Vihara Maha Devi Park War Memorial on Sunday (10) with the participation of a number of senior officers, both retired and still serving.

Religious observances of all four major denominations, replete with chanting of stanzas, Bhagavad Githa and Upanishad and prayers of Islamic and Christian faiths, commenced soon after a two-minute silence, plus playing of the ‘The Last Post’.

After laying floral wreaths at the cenotaph by the Chief Guest, Governor for Western Province, Hon. Alhaj Alavi Moulana, Major General Crishantha De Silva, Chief of Staff of the Army, representatives of Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force, Diplomatic Corps Representatives, President, Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association (SLESA), senior tri-service officers, family members of servicemen killed in action, war veterans, disable servicemen and representatives of different affiliated associations, the ceremony had its customary March Past.

This annual event is held in sacred memory of all those who gave their lives in the defence of motherland, including those who perished during World Wars I and II.