A Tribute to the Heroes

“The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.”

Currently, a total of 1700 Sri Lankan troops are deployed and engaged in flood rescue operations. Navy and air force is continuously providing flood relief to the towns all over the island that are destroyed by the flood. With the tremendous support of Sri Lankan army, the debris clogged in water, bridges, roads and cities are being cleaned.

Thousands of families and lives are saved by the hands of these superheroes without capes. Army officers are carrying out rescue operations throughout the country. The officers are taking children, pregnant women and the elderly to the rescue shelters where these victims are given necessary relief and protection until the threat of flood will be completely cleared. The entire nation is dependent on the enormous support of these selfless officers.

Whether it’s the flood, landslide or an explosion, these heroes rise up to the occasion and protect an entire nation. Their job is never of convenience. Their job is not glamorous. But, the work they do?! Oh, none of us can ever top that! They have and they will always sacrifice so much and, often, their sacrifices go unnoticed. We just lost a hero, YMS Yaparathna, a SLAF airman who fell from a helicopter during a flood rescue operation. My heart goes out to you and your family. And, that’s just one hero out of so many. I will forever honor each and every Sri Lankan soldier. I will never be able to do what you do. The entire nation owes you and we will never be able to thank you enough. You will always be the true heroes of this nation and you’ll never be forgotten.

 

Dhanu Randi

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