'President's proper leadership liberated country'
"It is the proper leadership and guidance offered by President
Mahinda Rajapaksa who is the Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces and
the Defence Secretary which enabled our war heroes to liberate the
country from cruel terrorism.
Above all the bold leadership, and the farsighted vision of the
President who is the saviour of the nation which made victory possible
which is the nation's good fortune' said DIG (Central Province) B.K.
He was speaking at a 'Ranaviru Upahara' ceremony at the Veyangoda
Bandaranaike MMV as a special invitee on June 26. A batch of 117 war
heroes past and present who were products of the Bandaranaike MMV were
honoured at this ceremony. Among them were Maj. Gen, Jayanath Perera,
Rear Admiral Ranjith Rohana Wijesundera, Wing Commander Athula
Kaluarachchi and DIG Navaratne.
Navaratne said eventhough the terrorists had been wiped out from the
North the Security Forces were presently engaged in demining operations
to clear the land safe for resettlement of the displaced people. The
Security Forces had to play a big role in the process of normalising
civilian life in the battered North. The President needed the continuous
support and assistance of the Security Forces and police to develop the
liberated areas he added.
Bandaranaike MMV Principal W.P.S.K. Wijesinghe said his school was
both proud of the great services rendered by a section of its past
pupils as members of the Security Forces and Police to liberate the
motherland from terrorism.
Bandaranaike MMV's PPA President Keerthi K. Manchanayake Maj. Gen.
Jayanath Perera, Rear Admiral Ranjith Rohana Wijesundera, Wing Commander
Athula Kaluarachchi and Ellakkala Grama Niladhari J.A. Sisira Kumara
Mementos were also presented to the next of kin of several departed
war heroes in appreciation of their services.