Some 5,000 people attended the ceremony of remembrance held at Wellamulliwaikkal on Friday to commemorate those killed in the armed conflict.
It was held at the monument erected at Wellamulliwaikkal-East in honour of the civilians killed in the war.
The ceremony began with the lighting of a lamp by a girl who lost her parents and three brothers during the war and Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran.
Although several politicians including members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) were invited to the commemoration ceremony held last year, none of them expect for the chief minister was invited to this year’s ceremony organised by the Northern Provincial Council.
According to reports, the Jaffna University students’ federation which had pledged its support to the commemoration ceremony had opposed the participation of politicians.
The ceremony began by observing three-minute silence and the lighting of oil lamps to invoke blessings on the deceased.
The Chief Minister addressed those who were gathered there. (Romesh Madushanka)
Video by Wanni Romesh Madushanka
Comments - 17
Dalu Banda Friday, 18 May 2018 04:25 PM
I do not see anything wrong of remembering the dead relatives.
Gayan Friday, 18 May 2018 06:50 PM
The problem is they did it the date Praba died. Only idiots wont see the connection.
malik Friday, 18 May 2018 09:51 PM
Yes there is nothing wrong with them remembering civilians deaths who were held hostage by LTTE. Only idiots try and link to LTTE. Same mind set as them
RIP Friday, 18 May 2018 05:32 PM
RIP for all who lost in the war, nothing will bring them back but we should prevent another war in future,,,,
Gayan Friday, 18 May 2018 06:51 PM
Some people wont let go of the past for their political servivel.
Observer Sunday, 20 May 2018 07:23 PM
May all politicians be happy by dropping the political triumph of past wars
Don Friday, 18 May 2018 09:12 PM
They should have remembered the people who were killed, wounded and disabled by the LTTE bombs. The government must show those pictures of atrocity the LTTE caused to human life.
sach Friday, 18 May 2018 11:03 PM
These LTTE commemorations are done to rewrite sri Lanka's history. In 2009 when SL forces were battling to destroy the remaining LTTE, the LTTE tried to keep a human shield to save themselves. When civilians were leaving they shot at fleeing civilians and bombed them. It was the LTTE that killed people. These things are recorded even by pro Tamil, Tamil journalists. But Wiggie and the LTTE scum which operate him from west try to rewrite the narrative into brainwashing the Tamil generations into believing that it was SLA that killed civilians when LTTE did nothing wrong !.........After seeing picture....all i can say is, it is back to war guys.
Lankan Saturday, 19 May 2018 03:35 AM
agree, are you prepared to see the pictures of both parties atrocities?
Ceylon Friday, 18 May 2018 09:42 PM
Are these the cursess all lankans are sugfering now?.peace have but no peace in minds of people no justice,more corruptions,more crimes etc etc
Mifaz Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:35 PM
Meaningful comment of this article. It us just the statements that the people are living peace and out of fear.
sach Friday, 18 May 2018 10:58 PM
yeah celebrating civilians on Prabhakaran's place of death and day of death
Ceylon Saturday, 19 May 2018 12:38 PM
Who created prabakaran hero and terrorist??.its from bandaranayaka to mahinda.sihalese occupation of tamil land is tge reason.also no equall rights.
Saraa Goyya Friday, 18 May 2018 11:07 PM
After our armed forces decimated the dreadful LTTE, we have Peace but no Justice. In any war, civilians are killed in the crossfire. Remembering them should open everyone's mind to recollect how atrocious any war could be and to avoid it happening again.
Dr. Thomas Friday, 18 May 2018 11:11 PM
any day other than 18/05 would have been soo very much more suitable ...
Tamil Saturday, 19 May 2018 02:24 AM
We the Tamils feel very sad about the killings of the Tamil civilians but we do not shed any tears for the LTTE .
Titu Saturday, 19 May 2018 04:25 AM
Not only civilians but unarmed men were killed brutally irrespecting human lives. It cannot be allowed without any inquiry to these death in mass scale. The people minds divided in south n north and both celebrate n remember their wsh. Bulshit
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