Parents honored in Heroes day celebrations

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 November 2006, 11:45 GMT]
"We owe our military and political strength to our fighters who gave up their lives in the Tamils' struggle. Today we face a critical situation where we are faced with the danger of losing more lives to achieve our final goal. It is our duty to honour the parents who have made the priceless sacrifice through their sons and daughters," said Col. Theepan of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), speaking at the first event held, to honour the parents of dead cadres of LTTE, at Kilinochchi Kanagapuram Maha Vidyalayam Monday around 10:00 a.m., sources in Kilinochchi said.



Col. Theepan
The parents of 297 cadres of Liberation Tigers from Thirunagar in Kilinochchi who died in the battles were honoured in the event presided by Srisath, Area head of the Political wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

This event honours the parents of martyrs of each area in the Tamil districts arranged by residents of those regions, said the organisers of the event.

"Sri Lanka Government (GoSL) only understands military power. Its vocabulary does not include peace talks, negotiations, honouring pacts, promises and agreements. The International Community seems to have realised this now," said K. V. Balakumaran, a senior member of the LTTE, in his speech.

K. V. Balakumaran
K. V. Balakumaran, a senior member of the LTTE.
Col. Theepan hoisted the National flag and Balakumaran lit the Common flame, at the beginning the event.

The parents of dead cadres of LTTE were led in a procession to the school hall where the photos were kept, attendees to the event said.

E. Pararajasingham, head of Tamileelam Judiciary and T. Rasanayagam, Government Agent Kilinochchi district began the garlanding of the photos followed by others.

Lunch was served to the guests, and discussions were held with the parents on outstanding needs related to their welfare.


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