First poppy flower pinned on President
The first poppy flower to commemorate Remembrance Day was pinned on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (26). Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association, Major General Upul Perera pinned the poppy flower on President Rajapaksa.
The proceeds from selling the poppy flowers will be used for the welfare of retired and disabled war veterans. Remembrance Day was commemorated in 1944 in Sri Lanka and this year it marks the 77th Poppy Flower Commemoration.
The 2021 Remembrance Day Commemoration will be held at the Cenotaph War Memorial at the Viharamahadevi Park on 14 November morning to commemorate the war heroes who sacrificed their lives during the First and Second World Wars as well as the 30-year war against terrorism in Sri Lanka.
Many countries worldwide commemorate Remembrance Day on 11 November annually and the commemoration is also being held in Sri Lanka on the closest Sunday to 11 November. General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association Lieutenant Colonel Ajith Siyambalapitiya, Treasurer Major Shanthilal Kankanamge and Chairman of the Memorial Committee Lieutenant Colonel A. Deepal Subasinghe were also present.