Forces - Jaffna Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary
:: 2011-06-20 15:30:50 Hours]
Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (SF-J) on 19th June 2011 completed
its 15th year of national service as the prime military installation
in the Jaffna peninsula.
of Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, a range of
activities including multi-religious observances had been organized
by officers, other ranks and the members of civilian staff serving
at SF-J to celebrate the 15th anniversary for three days.
Forces Headquarters – Jaffna, as it was re-designated on 19.06.1996
played a vital role to defeat terrorism that engulfed the whole
of the north and east for thirty years.
ceremonies to bless the SF-J flag commenced on the 17th June. A
special Bodhi Pooja was held at the SF-J sacred Bo
Maluwa and Hindu religious rites were conducted at historical
Mavadipuram Hindu Temple. Flag blessing continued on the 18th at
St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Atchuveli and Jaffna Jumma mosque.
the 19th morning, SF-J Commander and other senior officers placed
flower bouquets at the foot of Palaly War Hero Monument in remembrance
of soldiers who paid supreme sacrifice for the sake of country’s
sovereignty while serving under the Security Forces Headquarters
– Jaffna. Remembrance of War Heroes was followed by a guard of honour
accorded to the SF-J Commander by the 6th Regiment of Sri Lanka
Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe accompanied by members of medical and nursing
staff of the Palaly Army Base Hospital visited officers and other
ranks receiving medical treatment at hospital. Having inquired about
their health, Commander SF-J gave each patient a gift parcel and
wished them fast recovery.
a part of the programme, all officers and other ranks of the Headquarters
SF-J met at the all ranks lunch where Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe extended
his sincere gratitude to parents, children, husbands and wives of
officers, other ranks and members of civilian staff serving in Jaffna
for their encouragement given to beloved war heroes and ran domestic
affairs in the absence of their next of kin.
grand musical show held on the 19th evening at the Headquarters
premises marked the culmination of anniversary celebrations. Popular
vocalists such as Damitha Abeyratne, Tony Hassan, Priyankara Perera,
Priyantha Fernando, Susil Fernando, Saman de Silva and Sameera Hassan
and Army dancing troupe presented their performances with the Army
band for the entertainment of Jaffna soldiers.
Jaffna Vicar General Rev. Fr. Dr. Justin Gnanapragasam, Government
Agent Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar and some senior citizens of Jaffna
also attended the function as invited distinguished guests.