The event was organized by the Ranaviru Seva Authority to commemorate the War Heroes who sacrificed their lives for the motherland and two-minute silence was observed in memory of the fallen War Heroes who sacrificed their lives for the country.
The Ministry of Defence further said the War Heroes who fought against the terrorists were commended, the national anthem was sung and floral tributes were accorded at the War Hero Cenotaph.
Secretary Defence, General Kamal Gunaratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security Major General Jagath Alwis, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Air Force Commander Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana, Inspector General of Police C.D Wickramaratne, Major General Ranjan Lamahewage (Retd), Director General, Civil Security Department Major General Nandana Senadeera (Retd), Chairman, Ranaviru Seva Authority and representative tri-service and Police officers and Civil Security Department officials were present at the occasion.
The commemoration is held as the country faces its worst economic crisis in recent times. Netizens had slammed authorities for spending funds on such events as the nation faces such a crisis.
War is never a victory - CBK
Meanwhile, in a Facebook post, former President - Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga had said, " War is never a victory, but a defeat for a country or mankind."
"Because of our thirty-year-long genocidal war, the Nation lost much. Mothers in the North and South lost their children and on the other hand children lost their parents. We were racially divided as Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims."
"I also lost one eye because of that war and sustained many other losses as well.
As we commemorate the end of the war today (18), let us love instead of hate; forgive Instead of taking revenge; comfort each other instead of being divided and awaken God instead of the devil in our hearts."
"Let us make today a day of determination and peace; let us love the world; stand in brotherhood; and light the lamps of harmony to shine in our land that was darkened."