WASHINGTON BUDDHIST VIHARA PAYS TRIBUTE
TO WAR HEROES
One month after the defeat of the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the Sri Lankan Military, Sri Lankan
expatriates in the greater Washington D.C. area gathered Saturday
to pay tribute to the War Heroes of the Sri Lankan forces who
laid down their lives for the protection of their Motherland.
Sri Lankans from all communities and faiths gathered
on June 20 and took part in religious observances conducted by
the venerable monks at the Washington Buddhist Vihara. The service
was led by Ven. Maharagama Dhammasiri Nayaka Thero.
Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador
to the United States, thanked the event’s organizers and
said that all Sri Lankans will be eternally grateful for the ultimate
sacrifice made by their men and women in uniform.
Ven. Dhammasiri Thero said that the conflict
is often compared to the time when the Great King Dutugemunu united
the entire island. But the recent victory, he said, was in fact
a greater achievement, since King Dutugemunu only had to fight
the local enemy, while the Government of Sri Lanka, led by President
Mahinda Rajapaksa, had to fight an international propaganda war
while defeating the LTTE militarily.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
22 June 2009