05th February 2016 22:35:05 Hours
Giving prominence to a series of community-oriented service projects, the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) on Thursday (Feb 4) joined hands together with the people in the peninsula to mark the 68th National Independence Day to be in parallel with the main ceremony at Galle Face Green.
The raising of the National Flag and recital of the National Anthem concurrently with the conduct of the Colombo ceremony kicked off at the same time within the SFHQ-J premises with the help of multimedia and television sets before hundreds of Army members went out to more than 30 public institutes, Kovils, temples, hospitals, schools, centres for the handicapped, etc for cleaning projects (Shramadana).
Following elaborate programmes mapped out by Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander, SFHQ-J in close contact with the SFHQ-J, Forward Maintenance Area (North), 51 Division Headquarters and all Brigades and Units under the same Division, 52 Division Headquarters and all Brigades and Units under the same Division and 55 Division Headquarters and all Brigades and Units under the same Division, hundreds of Army personnel took part in those Shramadana projects, conducted at Atchuveli St Mary’s Church, Vasavilan Maha Vidyalaya, Thelippalai Cancer Hospital, Mawadipuram Kovil, Jaffna Sri Naga Viharaya, Kadurugoda Ancient Temple, Keeramalai Kovil, Pilliyar Kovil, Thelippalai Kovil, Mirusuvil Rural Hospital, Atchuveli Hospital, Welvetithurai Hospital, Kaila Maha Vidyalayam, Kaithady School for Deaf and Blind and the Home, Karammagama Junior School, Kadeikadu Primary School, Kadeikadu Kovil, Beachside near the 551 Brigade Headquarters, Sri Lankan Vidyalayam, Ellankulam-Nachchiyan Kovil and surrounding roads, Varani Hospital, Pallai Hospital, road patch between Ayyakachchi and 12 Vijayabahu Infantry Camp, Mulliyan Amman Kovil, Ayyakachchi Mixed School, Marathankeni Hospital and a few other public places.
Around the same time, 523 Brigade troops attended the cleaning of the Kaithady School for the visually handicapped, deaf and the blind before the inmates were entertained to a sumptuous lunch by the troops on account of the Independence Day.
Towards the evening, all troops serving in the peninsula took part in different games and fun-making events at their respective formations on the instructions of their Commanding Officers. A video documentary that speaks of the history of the road to Sri Lanka’s Independence was screened in those formations as dusk fell on Thursday (4).