First Independence after defeating terrorism
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will preside at the 62nd Independence Day
celebrations tomorrow at 8.30 a.m. at the precincts of the Sri Dalada
Main Buddhist religious rites on Independence Day will be held at the
Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy, Hindu religious rites at Sri Selva Vinayagar
Kovil, Katukele, Kandy, Roman Catholic rites at St. Anthony’s Cathedral,
Kandy, Islamic rites at Meera Makkan Mosque, Kandy and Christian rites
at St. Paul’s Church, Kandy. The official ceremony will be held under
the patronage of chief prelates of Malwatte and Asgiri Chapters,
Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara and Public Administration and
Home Affairs Ministry officials.
The Independence Day State function will start with the hoisting of
the national flag by President Rajapaksa at 8.50 a.m. followed by the
national anthem. The function will begin at 9.07 a.m. under the
President’s patronage with the participation of Prime Minister Ratnasiri
Wickramanayake, Speaker, Chief Justice and Judges, Ministers,
Parliamentarians, Diplomatic Corps, Chief of Defence Staff, and
Commanders of the Armed Forces and the IGP.
Two minutes silence will be observed at 9.07 a.m. to honour patriots
who had laid down their lives to protect and preserve freedom and the
territorial integrity of the country. This will be followed by a 21 gun
salute to President Rajapaksa.
The Independence Day address to the nation will be delivered by the
President at 9.15 a.m. followed by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police
march past at 9.45 a.m.
Military parades and cultural pageants with 2,000 security forces
personnel and 1,200 artistes from cultural bodies and Dalada procession
unit will be among the highlights. There will also be items by 4,000
schoolchildren which include nearly 1,000 specially trained members from
Two thousand special guests will also participate and the area around
Mahamaluwa has been declared as high security zone.
The public can enter the area on production of the identity card. All
night pirith chanting and religious observances were held at the
Independence Hall, Independence Square, Colombo. The pirith chanting
ceremony was headed by Chief Incumbent, Gangarama Viharaya, Ven.
Galaboda Gnanissara Thera with the participation of Religious Affairs
Minister Pandu Bandaranayake and senior officials. This will be followed
by an alms giving at Gangarama Viharaya today.
Floral tribute to the first Minister D. S. Senanayake’s statue at
Independence Square is also among the day’s events.