National ceremony to mark tsunami anniversary
The main national ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of
the tsunami will be held in Peraliya on December 26. The Jayalanka
rehabilitation programme for tsunami-hit children will also start on
President Mahinda Rajapakse, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanyake,
Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara and a host of other invitees will participate
in this ceremony at the Jinaratana Vidyalaya.
The ceremony will feature Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Islamic
religious rites. A stamp will be issued to mark the tsunami's first
anniversary while the invitees will also pay floral tributes to the
tsunami memorial at the site.
They will observe two minutes' silence in memory of those who
perished in the disaster, the biggest in recent history.