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National Victory Parade at Galle Face tomorrow

The National celebration of victory over terrorism and the military parade will be held at the Galle Face Green tomorrow.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of all Forces will be the Chief Guest. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka, Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara, Chief Justice Sarath N Silva, Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentarians, Defence Secretary, Tri-Service Commanders, the IGP and the Chief of the Civil Defence will also participate.

The public who would like to witness this national event should meet at the Lake House roundabout by 6.30 am on June 3 to be taken by buses to the venue.

The event is organized by the Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry.

On this occasion, the Tri-Service Commanders will officially convey the conclusion of the North East war against terrorism to the Commander-in-Chief President Rajapaksa by handing over a scroll that contains the national message.

President Rajapaksa will address the nation on this occasion and the event will be broadcast live on television and radio.

In the military parade all Brigade Commanders and personnel of the three Armed Forces who were engaged in the war will participate.

Meanwhile, a drum symphony presented by the National Youth Services Council will be a highlight at tomorrow’s National Victory Parade at Galle Face green to mark the nation’s victory over terrorism, Wehelle Piyathilake, Maharagama special correspondent said.

The Rana Bera Hewisi symphony will feature 1,600 up country, low country, Sabaragamuwa and Tamil and Muslim drummers.

The drum symphony had been a tradition during the time of Sinhala kings to honour gallant war heroes.

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