The 74th National Independence Day – themed “An Affluent Tomorrow and Prosperous Motherland with Challenges Overcome” – is celebrated ceremoniously today (February 04) at Independence Square in Colombo.
Following the arrival of distinguished guests, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will grace the ceremony which is scheduled to commence at 8.13 a.m.
Similar to last year, Independence Day celebrations will be held this time in keeping with the Covid-19 health guidelines.
Hoisting of the national flag by the President, reciting of ‘Jayamangala Gatha’, observing two-minute silence in memory of fallen national heroes, Guard of Honour to the President, President’s address and cultural dances are included in today’s line-up.
The event will be held with the participation of 6,500 personnel belonging to Tri-Forces, Police, Civil Defence Force and National Cadet Corps. The troops taking part in the events have been placed in a bio-bubble concept.
Sir Lanka Navy Ship ‘Gajabahu’ will perform its customary 25-Gun Salute to the nation at the Galle Face Green and Sri Lanka Air Force’s flypast of 26 aircraft will appear in the air space.
Coinciding with the main event, floral tributes will be paid at the statues of great leaders who spearheaded the country’s independence movement.
Meanwhile, a special traffic plan will be in place today to ensure the smooth function of the ceremony without causing interruptions to general traffic flow and commuters.