|Saturday, 5 April 2003|
An elaborate programme to honour the Nation's War Heroes was inaugurated by the President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on Tuesday, April 1. The 'Ranaviru Kusuma' is the nation's effort to honour the young men and women who laid down their lives and those who suffered physical injuries in the battle to defend the sovereignty and unity of our motherland.
Nearly two decades of strife, 22,000 young lives have been lost and over 9,000 have been permanently disabled.
The felicitation programme was organised by the President's office in collaboration with the Ranaviru Authority. The three forces, the Police and the Provincial Councils will work in close coordination to identify the disabled and also families affected by the loss of loved ones in the war. These intense efforts will go on till the June 7, the official War Heroes Day.
The main objective of the 'Ranaviru Kusuma' is to compile a list of the disabled and those missing in action so that their names enter the written history for the benefit of the posterity.The Ranaviru Authority is a concept of the President and was established by an act of Parliament in 1999.
This Authority since its inception has been keeping in touch with all war heroes and the families of those who were killed or have gone missing in action and attending to their various needs.
Among the programmes envisaged by 'Ranaviru Nivasa' are:
* To establish a community centre exclusively for War Heroes in every Divisional Secretary's Division; * To award a scholarship to at least one child from an affected family in every Divisional Secretary's Division; * To construct a 'Commemoration Park' in every Province; * To name a road in every province 'Ranaviru Mawatha'; * To organise sports and cultural activities for disabled servicemen.
A Flag Week is also expected to be held and established a Fund with the proceeds of the sale of flags. A Ranaviru Bank and a scholarship scheme will be financed through this Fund.
Produced by Lake House