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First poppy flower pinned on President to commemorate Remembrance Day

The first Poppy flower to commemorate the Remembrance Day was pinned on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (26), as notified via a statement by the Presidents Media Division.

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association, Major General Upul Perera pinned the poppy flower on President Rajapaksa.

The income earned by selling the Poppy flowers is used for the welfare of the retired and disabled war veterans.

Sri Lanka’s first Remembrance Day was commemorated in 1944 and this year it celebrates the 77th Poppy Flower Commemoration.

Additionally, The 2021 Remembrance Day Commemoration will be held at the Cenotaph War Memorial at the Viharamahadevi Park on November 14th morning to commemorate the war heroes who sacrificed their lives during the First and Second World Wars as well as the civil conflicts in Sri Lanka for 30 years.

Many countries around the world commemorate the Remembrance Day on the 11th of November annually and the commemoration is also being held in Sri Lanka on the closest Sunday to the 11th of November.

Present at the commemoration was General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association Lieutenant Colonel Ajith Siyambalapitiya, Treasurer Major Shanthilal Kankanamge and Chairman of the Memorial Committee Lieutenant Colonel A. Deepal Subasinghe.