Sri Lanka today celebrated the 70th Independence Day in a grand ceremony at the Galle Face Green in Colombo.
The theme of today’s ceremony is “One Nation”. It was on this day in 1948 that country achieved freedom from British rule. Representing Britain’s Queen, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and the Countess of Wessex participated in the celebrations as Chief Guests in presence of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
President Sirisena hoisted the National Flag and a two-minute silence was observed to commemorate the patriots who had sacrificed their lives for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka. In his address, he called for economic freedom and independence to ensure prosperity for all.
The President said that fight against corruption is vital for self-defence of nation. The Independence Parade following the President’s address was adorned with parades by the tri forces and cultural shows by students and civil organizations. A large number of foreign diplomats, ministers, members of parliament, and senior government officials participated in the celebrations today.