War memorial declared open in Ithathavil, Pallai
[TamilNet, Saturday, 26 March 2005, 12:39 GMT]
A memorial hall housing a destroyed SLA tank in Ithavil, a village along the A9, 3 km north of Pallai, was declared open Saturday morning 9.30 AM by LTTE's commander for northern front forces, Col. Theepan. The SLA tank which was destroyed in LTTE offensive "Unceasing Waves III" symbolises the landmark Ithavil battle that breached the Main Supply Route (MSR) life-line to the Elephant Pass (EPS) garrison, said LTTE's commander for northern front forces, Col. Theepan, who declared the memorial hall opened.
Five years ago, on 26 March 2000, Col. Balraj, LTTE's senior military commander, spearheaded the operation that led to LTTE's conquest of EPS garrison, the largest and well - entrenched military base in the north.
Mr.Pon.Thiaygam, Head of the Thamileelam Martyrs Office lighted the common flame of sacrifice. Col. Theepan hoisted the Thamileelam flag. Mr.Jerry, a field commander of the northern front forces of the LTTE and Mr.S.Thangan, deputy political head of the LTTE unveiled the memorial tablet.
Mr.Para, head of the Thamileelam Judiciary, Mr.Kalaivanan, Killinochchi district political head, Mr.Elilan, Trincomalee district political head and Ms Poovilzhi, head of the Killinochchi district women political wing and several others participated in the event.
The memorial was constructed by Thamileelam Historic Records Preservation Unit, sources said.
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