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SLESA pins Poppy on Army Chief

SLESA President Major General Upul Perera (Retd.) pins the Poppy Day flag on  Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.
SLESA President Major General Upul Perera (Retd.) pins the Poppy Day flag on Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.

Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association (SLESA) members inaugurated the forthcoming ‘Poppy Day’ (Remembrance Day) commemoration on October 31 by pinning a Poppy flower on the Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.

The ‘Poppy’ is the enduring symbol to commemorate military personnel died in battlefields since the first Word War, and the annual commemoration is held every year on November 11 at the cenotaph in the Vihara Maha Devi Park. The project kicked start a few days ago by pinning the first flower on President Maithripala Sirisena, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

SLESA President Major General Upul Perera (Retd.) pinned the Poppy Day flag on the Commander of the Army in his office, and the Commander in return made a symbolic contribution towards the project. Major General E.M.M Abanpola (Retd,) SLESA, Vice President met the Commander of the Army and received his blessings for the project.

The commemoration ceremony on the World Poppy Day will be held at the War Heroes’ cenotaph at the Vihara Maha Devi Park. The formal information to that effect was also communicated to the Commander during the same occasion.

The word ‘Poppy’ has become a familiar symbol of ‘Remembrance Day’ with the famous poem, ‘In Flanders Field’. Those Poppies, as legends say, blossomed across some of the battlefields of Flanders after the World War - I. Their brilliant red colour since then has been regarded the appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. 


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