Colombo: Sri Lankan troops will march down
Colombo`s historic Galle Face promenade every year on May 18
to mark the military victory over the Tamil Tigers, whose top
leadership was wiped out killed on that day in 2009.
The government will hold the `Victory Parade` on May 18
every year to mark Sri Lanka`s victory over LTTE, Defence
Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said after the ceremonial
opening of a monument erected at Elephant Pass in memory of
the war heroes.
However, the parade will be held on May 20 this year,
Gotabhaya said on Friday.
The Sri Lankan Army had breached the final barrier in the
war with the LTTE on May 18 last year, killing its entire top
leadership, including the outfit chief Vellupillai
Gotabhaya asserted that the `Victory Parade` was to mark
the victory of all communities in the country, and every
section would participate in the national event.
He said one of the main objectives of the operation was
to "free" the Tamil people from the "vicious grip of LTTE".
"The Tamil people were held hostage by the LTTE and its
ruthless leader Velupillai Prabakaran depriving them of their
culture, education, freedom and democracy," a statement
quoting him as saying.
He said a War Heroes` week will be held prior to the
parade and will be undertaken with the participation of
parents, wives and children and relatives of the war heroes.