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    Independence Celebraton Los Angeles 2001
    Ven. Ahangama Dhammaram lights the traditional lamp, Con. Gen. Tissa Wijeratne looking. Mahinda Rajapaksa (then Prime Minister) was chief guest. Photo by Hassina Leelarathna
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    Independence 2001 Children singing national anthem
    A generation ago! Expatriate children singing Jayamangala Gatha Independence Day celebrations at Woodley Park, 2001
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    Consul Gen. Tissa Wijeratne
    Unfurling the Lion Flag, Feb. 2001
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    President Rajapaksa
    2001 Independence Celebrations - Addressing Sri Lankan expats at Woodley Park. He was Minister of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources at the time.
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    Independence 2008
    Consul General Ananda Wickremasinghe addressing
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    Independence 2006
    Consul General H.K.J.R. Bandara and Dr. Walter Jayasinghe light the traditional oil lamp. (Late) Dr. Ananda Guruge awaits his turn.
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    Independence 2008 - The Big Six-O
    Consul Gen. Jaliya Wickremasuriya addressing a large gathering at 60th Independence Day celebration at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach. Guests included actress Malini Fonseka and singer Latha Walpola.
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    2007 - Dr. Peter Leitner
    Organized by the Sri Lankan Patriots, "Glorious Heritage" stood outside the box of usual Independence Day events. In addition to cultural performances reflecting all major ethnic communities, the keynote address by counter- terrorism expert Dr. Peter Leitner of the National Center for Biodefense, George Mason University, VA,
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    Title 19
    Journalist Walter Jayawardhana springs a surprise.
Independence Day Celebrations
in Los Angeles
Captions for photos:

  • Ven. Ahangama Dhammarama lights the traditional lamp with Consul Gen. Tissa Wijeratne looking on, 2001.
  • A generation ago!  Expatriate children singing  Jayamangala Gatha  Independence Day celebrations at Woodley Park, 2001.
  • Consul General Tissa Wijeratne (first to hold this office in Los Angeles) unfurls national flag, 2001.
  • Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was present at the 2001 ceremony,  He was minister of fisheries and aquatic resources at the time. 
  • Consul General H.K.J.R. Bandara and Dr. Walter Jayasinghe light the traditional oil lamp.  Dr. Ananda Guruge awaits his turn, 2004.
  • Consul Gen. Jaliya Wickremasuriya addressing a large gathering at the 60th Independence Day celebration at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach. Guests included actress Malini Fonseka and singer Latha Walpola, 2008.
  • Organized by the Sri Lankan Patriots, Dae Abhimana, "Glorious Heritage" stood outside the box of usual Independence Day events. In addition to cultural performances reflecting all major ethnic communities, the keynote address was by counter- terrorism expert Dr. Peter Leitner  (pictured) of the National Center for Biodefense, George Mason University, VA, 2007.
  • Veteran journalist Walter Jayawardhana sprang a surprise at the 2002 Independence celebrations held at the consulate office.  READ FULL STORY.