Colombo - Sri Lanka`s 67th Independence Day celebrations
Published: 15 Feb 2015
Feb 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka today celebrated the 67th anniversary of gaining independence from the British colonial rule in 1948 in a gallant ceremony at the Parliamentary grounds at Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
President Sirisena opened the Independence Day celebrations with hoisting the National Flag this morning and a two-minute silence was observed before the ceremony commenced to commemorate the patriots who had sacrificed their lives for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.
The Independence Parade following the President's address consisted of 5,922 troops of the Tri Forces, police, civil defence force, and youth brigade personnel. A cultural parade consisting of 600 performers also adorned the ceremony.