COMMEMORATION OF THE 70TH INDEPENDENCE DAY OF THE DEMOCRATIC, SOCIALIST, REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA


St. Peter's College, Colombo 04, commemorated the 70th Independence Day of the Democratic, Socialist, Republic of Sri Lanka with much patriotism and loyalty to the Mother Land Sri Lanka on the 6th of February, 2018 at a very Special Assembly.


Rev. Fr. Dr. Camillus Fernando, Director of the Catholic Press, the Chief Editor of the Gnanartha Pradeepaya and the Secretary to the Asian Bishops Conference was the Guest Speaker.


Rev. Fr. Dr. Camillus Fernando in his address stressed on the importance of freedom and its intrinsic relationship to independence. Freedom, he said makes choices possible and our decisions he said should be based on knowledge and not on information. Education he said is the gateway to knowledge and the pathway to make enlightened decisions in our life. He urged the Peterites to make use of the immense facilities they have and be thoroughly grounded in knowledge and competencies.


Rev. Fr. Trevor Martin, the Rector of St. Peter's College Colombo 04, while addressing the Peterites recalled how Rev. Fr. Nicholas Perera, the First Rector of St. Peter's College was part of the first group that went to London to negotiate with the British for independence for Ceylon as it was called then. He said therefore St Peter's College has a proud history where its First Rector has been part of the struggle for independence for Ceylon from the Colonial rule.


Rev. Fr. Rector, expressed his sincere gratitude to Rev. Fr. Dr. Camillus Fernando for consenting to be the Guest Speaker at the 70th Independence Day Celebrations at St. Peter's College, Colombo 04.


The Independence Day celebrations at St. Peter's College, Colombo 04, was organized under the guidance of the Vice Rector, Rev. Fr. Chandanalal Fernando with the help of the Tutorial Staff, the Prefects, the Stewards, the Cadets, the Scouts, the Western Band and the Oriental Orchestra of St. Peter's College, Colombo 04.


Rev. Fr. Rector, thanked the Vice Rector Rev. Fr. Chandanalal Fernando and all those who were involved in organizing the 70th Independence Day celebrations at St. Peter's College, Colombo 04, for making it a meaningful and a memorable experience.


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