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Nation indebted to forebears whose selfless sacrifice have brought about freedom we enjoy: President.

Sweden, Feb. 4 -- Many freedom struggles of humankind have aggrandized the story of human progress. The nation is indebted to our forebears, whose selfless sacrifice of sweat and blood have brought about the freedom in which we breathe today, states President Maithripala Sirisena in an Independence Day message.

The message adds: "We Sri Lankans too have inherited a long history of such struggles that brings forth memories of grief and glory, from the times of our Kings to that of modern democracy.

Full text of the President's message:

Many freedom struggles of humankind have aggrandized the story of human progress. We Sri Lankans too have inherited a long history of such struggles, that brings forth memories of grief' and glory, from the times of our Kings to that of modern democracy. The nation is indebted to our forebears, whose selfless sacrifice of sweat and blood has brought about the freedom, in which we breathe today.

It is at a challenging and decisive moment, that we celebrate the 69th Independence anniversary this year. The responsibility of strengthening the recently secured democratic freedom. as well as ensuring that, enriched by indigenous wisdom, so that all communities could live with dignity, lies on our shoulders.

We have been able to overcome a dark era and re-illumine our insurmountable aspirations for democracy, freedom, and human dignity. However, the realization of the true meaning of freedom and independence lies in our potential to free ourselves from the shackles of all kinds and forms of poverty, ill-health, and confines of divisive identities of race, religion. and caste, and enrich ourselves, as a society that values equity and rights of all.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Asian Tribune.

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