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Friday, December 21, 2012 - 05.57 GMT

Sri Lankans in US honor Sandy Hook Elementary School


Sri Lanka Embassy on Friday (December 14 ) dedicated its annual Christmas Day Celebration to a prayer service in honoring the memory of the victims of the tragic shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown , Connecticut.

“It is a very sad day for the United States and all peace loving people in the world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, and in this time of mourning we have decided to convert this event to a prayer session”, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to US Jaliya Wickramasuriya said at the gathering.

Ambassador further expressed his empathy and sympathy with the families of the victims as Sri Lanka knows only too well the pain of their tragic losses.

“We had experienced many tragedies, losses of life of innocent children due to terrorism for about 30 years. Those days we were not sure whether our children would return home safely after school. Under the visionary leadership of our President Mahinda Rajapaksa , that dreadful era came to an end in Sri Lanka . We know the pain, especially when it comes to children”, he added.

The event was organized in keeping with the Embassy’s tradition of celebrating with the community, the main festivals of all four major religions practiced in Sri Lanka.

Reverend Father Percival D' Silva, Parish Priest of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Chevy Chase delivered the sermon and offered prayers.

The Reverend Father expressed his admiration for the Ambassador for his act of converting the celebrations to a prayer session, as a measure of support and solidarity with the people who lost their loved ones in the terrible carnage in their community.

“ I don’t think God would want us to celebrate , he would want us to show our support for these children , their parents…to show this kind of solidarity in their moment of grief” , he said .

During his discourse, he urged the audience to reflect on how society is distancing itself from moral obligations and allowing evil to happen.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday (Dec 15) sent condolences to US President Barack Obama conveying his heartfelt sympathies over the tragedy.






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