President Rajapaksa has emphasized that the Victory Day is being celebrated this year to commemorate the war heroes who sacrificed their lives, with the glory of a nation which has achieved real freedom.
In his message on the National Victory Day the President said that freedom has been ushered in due to the unlimited sacrifices made by the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Police Department and the Civil Defence Force. As a tribute to the heroes who made immense sacrifices for the freedom of the country, the Government will not permit terrorism to raise its head again. The welfare of the war heroes is a priority of the government in this context. He said that the nation is honouring all war heroes who sacrificed their lives to achieve honorable peace and freedom.
In his message Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne said it should be borne in mind that the sacrifices made by the war heroes cannot be limited to a certain time span. He said that the duties that have to be fulfilled on behalf of them, are being performed as a national responsibility.