Washington Buddhist Vihara pays tribute to war heroes
One month after the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam by
the Military, Sri Lankan expatriates in the greater Washington D.C. area
gathered Saturday to pay tribute to the war Heroes who laid down their
lives for the protection of their Motherland.
Sri Lankans from all communities and faiths gathered on June 20 and
took part in religious observances conducted by the monks at the
Washington Buddhist Vihara. The service was led by Ven. Maharagama
Dhammasiri Nayaka Thera.
Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya,
thanked the event's organizers and said all Sri Lankans are grateful for
the ultimate sacrifice made by their men and women in uniform.
Ven. Dhammasiri Thera said, the conflict is often compared to the
time when the Great King Dutugemunu united the entire island. But the
recent victory, he said, was in fact a greater achievement, since King
Dutugemunu only had to fight the local enemy, while the Government of
Sri Lanka, led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had to fight an
international propaganda war while defeating the LTTE militarily, he