STF War Heroes’ commemoration ceremony
The Police Special Task Force is to hold its 27th War Heroes
commemoration ceremony from August 31 to September 03 under the
inspection of STF Commandant DIG R.M.W.C.Ranawana.
An overnight Pirith chanting ceremony will be held at the Katukurunda
training school and a sangika dhana will be offered to 50 Bikkhus.
Several programmes are planned in Weherahena, Matara, Jaya Sri Maha
Bodhi, Anuradhapura and Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy as well.
The STF established in 1983 with 60 police personnel has today
developed into a major security arm of the State involved in VIP
security and suppressing activities posing a threat to national
security. It also helped the Police and the Sri Lanka army in defeating
terrorism in the country.
The Defence Ministry decided to deploy the STF in active duty in the
North and East including the Jaffna peninsula during the height of LTTE
For the first time four STF officers laid down their lives in defence
of the country on September 1, 1984 in a LTTE landmine explosive in
Tikkam, Jaffna. The four officers were constables Ekanayake (4100),
Mathupala (2539) Nanayakkara (3928) and Driver Sumanasekara (13029).
Thereafter September 1 was celebrated as the War Heroes Day of the STF.
To date 462 STF members and six civilian staff have laid down their
lives in defence of the unity and territorial integrity of the
The STF plans to give scholarships to children of STF families who
were affected by the war. Currently they have given over 1000
scholarships and money will be deposited in accounts of children of war
The National Savings Bank, People’s Bank, Bank of Ceylon and large
number of sponsors will contribute towards this effort. Personal
contributions can be made by contacting 0112588481.