The main responsibility of the children of war heroes who sacrificed their lives for the motherland is to become good citizens after completing their education in an exemplary manner, Rana Viru Seva Authority (RVSA) Chairperson Anoma Fonseka said.
She was speaking at a scholarship distribution ceremony at the Sri Lanka Navy Auditorium organised by the Kuwait - Lanka Friendship Society in collaboration with the Ranaviru Seva Authority recently.
“The sacrifice made by fathers and brothers of these children is immeasurable,” Fonseka said. “We are indebted to them and their wives and children for this sacrifice.”
“The issues and difficulties faced by those families in their daily lives cannot be devalued," she added. But, I am very glad to say that the family members of military personnel and war heroes have tremendous pride for the services and sacrifices rendered by their loved ones for the country," Fonseka said.
Defence State Minister Ruwan Wijewardene was the chief guest at the event.
Scholarships valued at Rs.12,000 each were distributed among 60 children.
The society has already given scholarships to around 477 children of war heroes since 2008.
She reminded the children that they received these scholarships due to the sacrifices of their parents and requested them to study well and be useful citizens. She also expressed her appreciation to the Kuwait - Sri Lanka Friendship Society and Sri Lankan expatriates in Kuwait for their magnanimity in coming forward to assist these children.
"The Security Forces gave a new lease of life to the country by defeating the most dangerous terrorist group in the world," Kuwait - Lanka Friendship Association Chief Organiser Gamini Wijeratne said. “Therefore, all segments of society have a responsibility to pay gratitude to them.”
Ranaviru Seva Authority Vice Chairperson Upulangani Malagamuwa, Kuwait - Lanka Friendship Society Coordinator Daya Lankapura and families of scholarship recipients were also present at the occasion.