In an era when there were attempts to divide the country through the bullet and the hand-grenade, these youths also took to weapons with or without their knowledge. They were fortunate to discover life when peace was ushered in through the strength of the heroes of the era. Human emotions have overcome ruthlessness. They have been fortunate enough to find their partners for a safe tomorrow after getting to know love and brotherhood at the rehabilitation centre. Fifty three couples who were rehabilitated in 13 centres throughout the country entered matrimony today. A colourful marriage ceremony was organized while they were attired in bridal kits imported from India. They got married at auspicious times that fell between 7.30 and 8.02 this morning amidst the blessings of the religious leaders belonging to Hindu and Catholic religions. The function was held under the patronage of Minister Dew Gunasekera. Renowned Indian star Vivek Oberoi, Ministers Douglas Devananda and Risath Bathiyudeen, Deputy Ministers Dilan Perera and Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, Governor of the Province G.A. Chandrasiri and Officers of the Security forces and Administrative officials also participated. Each couple was gifted 10 thousand rupees and a house at the Peace Village at Pompemadu. The wedding photograph was taken free of charge. The participation of the Army Band and the Dance Troupe, added colour to the ceremony. The function was held amongst a large number of people including their parents and relatives. It will be recorded in history as an event that changed the future of the North.
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