the sense of bravery and adventure in the young hearts of Jaffna,
soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army taking part in ARMY SEARCHLIGHT TATTOO
2012 exhibited their skills and valour to thousands of people of
all ages gathered to Durayappah stadium, Jaffna on Friday (23) afternoon.
Signifying peace and good civil-military relations in the peninsula,
schoolchildren, youths and adults at the crowded stadium cheered
in response as the events took place one by one on the ground.
The three-day long Army Searchlight Tattoo 2012 ceremonially inaugurated
with the arrival of the Chief Guest Commander of the Army Lieutenant
General Jagath Jayasuriya and the Guest of Honour Mrs. Emelda Sukumar,
Government Agent Jaffna. As the gesture of goodwill and honour towards
the good civil-military relations prevailing in Jaffna, Army decided
to have the show open for the public free of charge.
All cheered in high glee and amazement when the Army Commandos and
Special Forces parachutists skydived through clouds and landed on
the middle of the Durayappah ground. Parachute Jumps, stunt motorbike
riding and the Dogs show which added a novel experience to majority
of Jaffna populace were the events that grabbed spectatorsí attention
mostly. Drill display, physical exercise display, band display,
simulation of a rescue operation, dismounting and mounting artillery
guns within a few seconds and the talents of disable War Heroes
were among the other events. Army had made arrangements to display
the whole TATTOO on two mega screens throughout.
Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army Major General R.M.D. Ratnayake,
Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Senior military
and Police officers, senior government and private sector officials
and community leaders were also among the large crowd present.
The show open from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. will end on Sunday 25th.