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Independence Day celebrations

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles celebrated the 72nd Independence Day Anniversary of Sri Lanka on February 4 at the Consulate General premises, amidst a large gathering of Sri Lankans and friends living in Los Angeles.

The National Flag of Sri Lanka was hoisted by Acting Consul General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles HMB Herath followed by the singing of the National Anthem. A two-minute silence was also observed in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives for the motherland followed by lighting the traditional oil lamp by the Acting Consul General, Sri Lankans representing all communities.

Multi-faith religious observances were conducted in accordance with Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian practices blessing the Nation.

Chief Incumbent of Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara, Inter-religious Advisor to President and Chief Sangha of the United States of America and Canada Most Venerable Agga Maha Panditha Dr Walpola Piyananda Thera delivered a sermon at the ceremony. The Maha Sangha representing nine temples from various parts of California also attended the 72nd Independence Day celebration.

The Independence Day Speech of the President was read in Sinhala by the Acting Consul General. Messages of the Independence Day by Prime Minister and. Foreign Minister were read in English and Tamil languages respectively.

Addressing the gathering, the Acting Consul General HMB Herath highlighted that the relations between the United States of America and Sri Lanka are constructive and long-standing. He also stated that Sri Lanka is today marching towards a new era under the vibrant leadership of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. He added that the President needs to make a change in attitudes of the nation for the betterment of present and future generations while keeping in mind to achieve the targets and objectives in 2020.

A reception was hosted with traditional Sri Lankan food for the gathering.

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