May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka today declared the month beginning from today as the Ranaviru Month to commemorate the second anniversary of the military victory that saw an end to the three decades of terrorism inflicted by the Tamil Tiger rebels in the country.
At a ceremony held today at the Temple Trees, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared the Ranaviru (War Hero) month with the first Ranaviru flag pinning on him by Umasha Rashmi Weerasinghe, the daughter of war hero A. Weerasinghe, who was felicitated with Veera Prathapa national award, and a female soldier Mallika Jayawardana.
Provincial governors handed over proceeds of 3.5 million rupees from the sale of last year’s Ranaviru flags to the President. The proceeds are to be allocated for the welfare of the war heroes. The task of selling flags in year 2011 was also assigned to the provincial governors.
Ministers, members of Parliament, Governors of Provincial Councils,Chief Ministers of Provincial Councils, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Defense Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Commanders of Security Forces and the Chair Person of Ranaviru authority Ms. Padma Wettawa participated in the occasion.