07th August 2020 14:46:29 Hours
Today marks the 28th death anniversary of late Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, one of the most admired and finest War Heroes in our contemporary history. Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa along with several other military leaders made the supreme sacrifice when LTTE terrorists activated a blast against their vehicle on 8th August 1992 at Araly point in the Jaffna peninsula.
Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa whose leadership and command brought about many victories to Sri Lanka Army during early battles of the Eelam wars fell silent on 8th August 1992 along with fellow-military veterans, Major General Wijaya Wimalarathne, founding father of the prestigious Gajaba Regiment (GR) which has produced the incumbent Army Commander, too, Rear Admiral Mohan Jayamaha, Lieutenant Colonel H.R Stephen, Lieutenant Colonel G.H. Ariyarathne, Lieutenant Colonel Y.N Palipana, Commander Asanga Lankathilaka, Lieutenant Colonel Nalin de Alwis, Lieutenant Commander C.B. Wijepura and the soldier, Private W.J Wickremasinghe while they were on a military assignment in Araly Point in Kayts, Jaffna.
Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, an old Trinitian, joined the Sri Lanka Army on 25th 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 03rd August 1962. The formal commemoration takes place today (8) at his statue in the heart of Anuradhapura town.