President of the Sri Lanka Ex-servicemen's Association, Brigadier K.A. Gnanaweera officially pinned a poppy flower on the State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry premises yesterday.
Event was organized in parallel to the World Poppy Day. The World Poppy Day is also known as Veterans Day/ Remembrance Day/ Poppy Day/ Armistice Day and even Independence Day in some countries.
The red Poppy has become a familiar emblem of 'Remembrance Day' with the famous poem "'In Flanders Field". These Poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour, an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
As a symbolic gesture the first poppy flower was pinned on the President Maithripala Sirisena recently (7th Oct).
The commemoration ceremony of Poppy Day - 2015, will be held on 08th November at the War Hero cenotaph in Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo.
Secretary General of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen's Association, Rear Admiral S. Samaratunga was also present at the occasion.