A series of commemorative events on Monday (7) and Tuesday (8) marked the 25th death anniversary of legendary War Hero, Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa of the Sri Lanka Army, who fell victim to an LTTE landmine on 8th Aug 1992 at Araly Point, Kayts, together with several other brave Officers and soldiers.
This year’s commemorative ceremonies and other merit-transferring programmes took place at Denzil Kobbekaduwa statue in the heart of Anuradhapura town and at Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya, which had reportedly remained closer to the heart of late Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa with the participation of Mrs Laly Kobbekaduwa, family members and late Lieutenant General’s friends and fellow-mates.
Memories of late Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, the legendary War Hero of our times, were refreshed, distributing dry rations to the poor in Thanthirimale village on Monday (7), followed by conduct of alms-givings, Bodhi Poojas and Dhamma sermons, etc at the Thanthirimale Raja Maha Vihara premises as the dusk fell.
At Anuradhapura, Mrs Laly Kobbekaduwa, Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage, Colonel Commandant, Sri Lanka Armoured Corps (SLAC), Major General Kumudu Perera, Commander, Security Forces - Wanni, Senior Officers, relatives of late Lieutenant General Kobbekaduwa and members of the public joined together to salute the statue and paid respect to the memory of late War Hero, some of them placing floral wreaths.
In a separate programme, an alms-giving to 15 Bhikkus also took place at the Lankaramaya premises on Tuesday (8) in addition to other arrangements that got underway at Kalaththewa, SLAC Army Camp in Anuradhapura.
Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, one of the finest warriors that has ever been produced by the Army in contemporary history fell silent on August 8, 1992, along with a few more fellow military veterans and soldiers, Major General Wijaya Wimalarathne, Rear Admiral Mohan Jayamaha, Colonel H.R Stephen, Colonel G.H Ariyarathne, Colonel Y.N Palipana, Commander Asanga Lankathilaka, Lieutenant Colonel Nalin de Alwis, Lieutenant Commander C.B Wijepura and Private W.J Wickremasinghe while they were travelling for a military assignment in Araly Point, Kayts, Jaffna.
Lt Gen Denzil Kobbekaduwa, an old Trinitian, joined the Sri Lanka Army on 25 May 1960. After the basic military training at the Army Training centre, he left for Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK for further training and was commissioned to the Sri Lanka Armoured corps, as a Second Lieutenant on 3 August 1962.