President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Our children are born in an historic era – President
Dear sons and daughters....
‘Please remember that this era in which you have been born is a
historic era, when you read history you will have entertained a
cherished dream to have been born during the era of Kings Dutugemunu,
Vijayabahu, Kashyapa Rajasinghe or imaladharmasooriya.
We will also think that if we were born then we could have served in
King Dutugemunu’s army or the construction sites of Maha Seya, Kala Wewa,
Sigiriya or Jaya-ela and dedicated
ourselves for such mobile service as
proud citizens, states President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message to mark
International Children’s Day.
The message adds:
Dear sons and daughters, ‘What has dawned today is such an era. You
have witnessed the manner in which our motherland was united. Although
you could not sacrifice your lives towards it you would have contributed
towards that historic deed by at least donating a bottle of water’
‘Similarly a majority of our country’s children have been fortunate
enough to trample the bed of a sea port after several thousand years.
You have seen now a large number of mega construction activities which
will stand as monuments for thousands of years hence are coming up in
the country. It is a good future to see the manner in which this is
steering the country to an important position in the world map.
You are living in a period which will be commemorated with great
desire by the world in future. You too should also strive to achieve
excellence which will help record you and your name in history. I
sincerely hope that you will use your childhood meaningfully towards
achieving that end’.