2ND LEAD

Thousands attend Heroes day remembrance at Excel Centre, London

[TamilNet, Friday, 27 November 2009, 15:42 GMT]
Over 50,000 British Tamils gathered at the Tamil National Remembrance Day held in the Excel exhibition centre. Specially designed interior props and the lighting resembled the “Maveerar Thuyilum Illam” Graves of fallen heroes. British Tamils carrying red roses, Gloriosa lilies (Kaarthikaippoo: Tamil Eelam national flower) and lamps, are filing into the main venue, at the Excel Centre in East London, where large cut-outs of Tamil Eelam were displayed on either side of the stage.

Maaveerar Naa'l, UK
Maaveerar Naa'l, UK


The event, organized by Tamil National Remembrance Foundation, an association of families of Tamils who had fallen in the Tamil struggle, was held at London’s ExCel arena. It was the largest attendance at the annual event, despite Friday being a working day, organizers said.

The annual commemoration began with a moment of silence in memory of those who gave their lives in the Tamil national struggle.

Around 12:00 noon the event organisers and the security had to limit the crowd from coming into the centre due to health and safety reasons. Thousands waited patiently until the outgoing people created the space for the people waiting outside.

The lamp was then lit by Mr K Varnakulasingham, the father of Murugadas, who self-immolated in front of the United Nations in Geneva earlier this year to draw attention to the slaughter of Tamil civilians in the Vanni.

Pre-recorded speeches by renowned Eezham Tamil poet Kasi Anandan and Seeman, a popular film director and Tamil activist from Tamil Nadu, were broadcast.

Poet Kasi Anandan spoke of the losses of this year, but stressed that this should not be understood just as an year of loss, but also as an year of opportunity.

The flame of sacrifice was lit by Mrs R Sathananthan, the mother of a fighter who sacrificed his life in the Tamil national struggle.

Many British cross party politicians shared the platform.

“A message needs to be sent by thousands of people here, not petitions, not by websites, because it is obvious that Sri Lankan government doesn’t care about websites,” said Conservative MP for Ilford North Lee Scott. Sri Lanka is an issue Conservatives cannot ignore, he added.

Labour MP Siobhan McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden) stressed that the strength of the Tamil people across the world should be gathered to have any effects in bringing any changes to Sri Lanka.

Maaveerar Naa'l, UK
Maaveerar Naa'l, UK
Maaveerar Naa'l, UK
Maaveerar Naa'l, UK
Maaveerar Naa'l, UK
Maaveerar Naa'l, UK
Maaveerar Naa'l, UK
Maaveerar Naa'l, UK


Maaveerar Naa'l, UK
Maaveerar Naa'l, UK
Maaveerar Naa'l, UK
Maaveerar Naa'l, UK

 

Latest 15 Reports
24.08.19 02:22  
Tamil representatives urged to boycott OMP office opening in Jaffna
24.08.19 00:04   Photo
Despite ending Emergency, Sirisena keeps SL military empowered with police powers
23.08.19 07:04  
SL Forest Department remains unmoved by uprooted Tamils’ demand for resettlement
22.08.19 06:50  
40 parents of missing persons die within 915 days of protest
21.08.19 18:17   Photo
‘Death certificates’ issued to 500 of 3,500 Tamils subjected to enforced disappearance in Ampaa'rai
20.08.19 20:23  
Wigneswaran warns of bleak future for Tamils, urges planning for next step
19.08.19 19:23   Photo
IC sheds crocodile tears over Shavendra appointment, US engages with his war-time chief
18.08.19 23:50   Photo
SL TID detains outspoken Tamil doctor at Pazhai hospital
17.08.19 23:08   Photo
SLA Jaffna commander refuses to release Palaali lands at meeting presided by Wickramasinghe
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=30692