Sri Lankan war amputee soldiers participate in a victory day parade marking the second anniversary of the end of the civil war, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, May 27, 2011. President Mahinda Rajapaksa vowed Friday to protect the country’s armed forces from possible international action over allegations of human rights violations during the final months of the island-nation’s 26-year civil war. (AP Photo/Chamila Karunarathne)

Soon forgotten!

The thirty years of war left us nothing! True, Sri Lankan military forces defeated the LTTE but thinking into depth, in a war there is no defeat or victory. Having paid a recent visit to Abimansala o2 – Kamburupitiya the horrors of this futile war hit me quite strongly.

Whoever who initiated this project is surely to be praised. If such places were not there for these brave soldiers it is quite obvious that we are forgetting the service they did for us. Yet people are actually forgetting the fact that we were trapped in a mine field for thirty years. And equally they are forgetting at whose expense they now enjoy freedom.

Many would disagree with me, but just take a minute for yourself, do we care for theses disabled soldiers as much as their families do? I doubt. One thing is for sure. They never want to win our sympathy or pity for their tragic plight. For if you see these people once, you see not faces governed by grief or anger, but faces where pride is written all over. For they are sure of one thing whether or not people still remember them, they are quite aware that it is because of them that the country still lives.

It is a great thing that we as a country has taken steps to comfort them to a certain extent. But for the fact that people are forgetting those brave soldiers, the horrors the country face because of war we all are equally responsible. It is because of us that these soldiers are now on wheelchairs. Surely the war has bought about much distraction. Depriving these soldiers of the average life of young men, depriving them of a better environment that war has done its gravest destruction. Yet these brave soldiers never show traits of regrets over what they did for the country or their state now. They only talk about it with pride and fulfillment. However hidden behind all such positivity is their own understanding that they did needless sacrifices to cover up the officials’ greed for power.

To bear all such complex emotions , to accept life passively after such drawbacks, to live an average life knowing very well their loss they truly deserve great an applause. It is clear indeed knowing very well that there is no victory or defeat in war, to accept the fact that they won, these soldiers are blessed with hearts so strong.

It surely costs a lot to be a soldier, to wear that uniform with the whole weight of their country upon it, to hold that weapon to defend their country, to do sacrifices you and I cannot, for that they are blessed with everything they need – BRAVE HEARTS!

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Thamasha Walgama

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