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Army holds memorial service for Easter Sunday explosion victims

Army holds memorial service for Easter Sunday explosion victims 700 03
Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Dr. Malcolm Ranjith conducted a special Memorial Service at Bambalapitiya St. Mary’s Church on Saturday in memory of Easter Sunday terrorist attack victims. It was held under the patronage of the Army Christian Fellowship. Rev Fr Benadict Joseph, Sri Lanka Army Chaplain and Rev Feleisious Perera, Vicar in Charge of the church assisted the cardinal.

Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army graced the Service as the Chief Guest. Major General Athula Kodippili, Chairman, Army Christian Fellowship and Brigadier Manjula Karunaratne, Secretary, ACF warmly received the Commander of the Army on arrival. Brigadier Manjula Karunaratne delivered a brief welcome address.

Archbishop of Coolombo Cardinal Ranjith said:

“In 1971, 1983, 1989 and during the 30 - year long war, our beloved motherland became soaked with enough blood and the mother earth has no more capacity to absorb more blood in the name of any ideology or faith.

I appreciate and highly commend the dedication and commitment of the Army for restoration of peace in the country as well as their energetic contribution to the speedy renovation of devastated Katupitiya St. Jude’s Church and the Zion Church in Batticaloa. The whole Nation admires the services, being rendered by the Army as defenders of the country.”

Lieutenant Colonel Rohan Wettasinghe proposed the vote of thanks at the end of the congregation.

 

 

 

 

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