President receives first flower of Poppy Day

Sept 27, Colombo: The Poppy Day or Remembrance Day that commemorates the gallant soldiers who gave up their lives in the World War will be marked in Sri Lanka on November 13.

The Poppy Day is observed internationally on second Sunday of November in Commonwealth countries since 1921. The proceeds from the sale of Poppy flowers are used to fund the welfare of the families of war heroes.

Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen Association annually organizes the sale of poppy flowers. Seen here is Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa receiving the first poppy flower today from the Chairman of the Association Navy Captain Patrick Jayasinghe at the Temple Trees.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

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