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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 05.15 GMT
It is a privilege to bestow first ever Field Marshal rank to General Sarath Fonseka - President


President Maithripala Sirisena said that it is a privilege for him to bestow the first ever Field Marshal rank to the Sri Lankan Hero General Sarath Fonseka for his great service rendered to the country in defeating terrorism.

The President made these observations at the ceremony held in the Defence Ministry yesterday (March 22) to promote General Sarath Fonseka to the rank of Field Marshal.

The President further said that LTTE terrorism was defeated under the political leadership of Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Sri Lanka has the privilege of enjoying lasting peace and harmony. General Sarath Fonseka must be honored for providing military leadership in this process.

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes the fact that future should be build up on the foundation of past experiences. In annuls of the history, Sri Lanka has unique experiences on bravely defeating foreign invasions.

Thousands of war heroes made their supreme sacrifice for the country at this mission. Thousands more have become disabled. Such unique sons of mother Lanka should be remembered forever. Prime Minister Ranil Wicremasinghe, commanders of the three armed forces and several ministers were present at this occasion.






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