Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J), the premier military establishment
in the North, celebrated its 16th year of national mission giving
priority to a series of multi religious observances.
A Catholic mass was organized on the 17th June at St. Marie’s
Church, Oddahapulam which was followed by prayers at the Jumma
Muslim mosque in Jaffna the same day evening.
On the 18th
morning, officers and other ranks serving at the SF-J attended
a Pooja at Mavaddipuram Hindu temple. The same day evening,
a Bodhi Pooja was organized at the foot of the Bodhi
in the Palaly SF – J Headquarters premises.
Main ceremony held
on Thursday (21) commenced after the Commander SF-J Major General
Mahinda Hathurusinghe and senior officers paid tribute to fallen
heroes who sacrificed their lives for the country’ sovereignty
placing bouquets of flowers at the War Hero Monument at Palaly.
A Guard of Honour was accorded to the Commander SF-J before he
visited soldiers undergoing treatments at hospital. He wished
them all fast recovery and distributed gifts parcels to inmates.
During all ranks at lunch, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe thanked officers
and other ranks serving in Jaffna for their immense contribution
towards achieving lasting peace, assisting the government’s development
programmers for Jaffna and initiating humanitarian measures being
conducted for Jaffna populace.
The programme culminated
with a grand musical show held at Palaly on Thursday evening.
Army base was established in 1963 to prevent illegitimate entry
of foreign intruders to the island. It was gradually transformed
to a Task Force which was subsequently elevated as the Security
Forces Headquarters – Jaffna on 19th June 1996. Since its inception,
the SFHQ-J rendered an exceptional service to the nation as the
centre of command of the Northern military. Presently, this esteemed
military establishment is giving its maximum contribution towards
upgrading of Jaffna life through various welfare and development
programmes for civilians.