National Integration and Reconciliation Week marked in Washington
Based on a concept of President Maithripala Sirisena, for the first time, the week from January 8 -14 was declared the National Integration and Reconciliation Week by the Government of Sri Lanka.
To mark this initiative in Washington D.C., the staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka commenced the workday on Monday taking a pledge to work towards national integration and reconciliation.
After hoisting the National Flag and singing the National Anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil, the following Pledge for National Integration and Reconciliation was made by all Embassy employees:
“While respecting the richness of our diversity
of different ethnicities, religions, regions and languages,
With the firm objective of making National Integration a reality in Sri Lanka,
we all solemnly pledge in this manner.
We are members of one and the same human race.
We will strive resolutely with determination
to foster peace among all citizens and communities in Sri Lanka
with understanding, mutual trust,
and a boundless sense of unity and compassion amongst all of us.
- Asian Tribune -