death anniversary of Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa and
several other military War Heroes who sacrificed their lives for
the country took place on Thursday, 08 August 2019 amidst military
honours at the monument in Araly where Major General Ruwan Wanigasooriya,
Commander Security Forces - Jaffna participated as the Chief Guest.
Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, one of the finest warriors
ever-produced by the Army in our contemporary history, fell silent
on 08 August 1992, along with a few more fellow military veterans
and soldiers, Major General Wijaya Wimalarathne, Rear Admiral
Mohan Jayamaha, Colonel H P Stephen, Colonel Y N Palipana, Colonel
G H Ariyarathne, Lieutenant Colonel Nalin de Alwis, Lieutenant
Commander Asanga Lankathilaka, , Lieutenant Commander C B Wijepura
and Corporal Wickramarathne W J while they were on a military
assignment in Araly Point, Kayts, Jaffna.
Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, an old Trinitian, joined
the Sri Lanka Army on 25th May 1960. After the basic military
training at the Army Training Centre, he left for Sandhurst, UK
to receive further training at the prestigious Royal Military
Academy before he was commissioned to the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps,
as a Second Lieutenant on 3rd August 1962.
Floral wreath-laying and heralding the Last Post brought the day's
commemorative event to an end. A gathering of grateful Officers
and Other Ranks of the Tri Forces were present at the occasion.