First Poppy Flower presented to the Commander of the Navy
Sri Lanka Naval Association launched its poppy campaign on 29th September 2014 with its President Captain (Rtd) DA Wijegunawardena presenting the first poppy flower to the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo.
The poppy with its crimson colour signifying the bloodshed in the battlefield is regarded as a symbol of remembrance. It was originally adopted to honour the war heroes who sacrificed their lives during World War I.
Sacrifices made by the valiant military personnel in the defence of the Motherland are remembered with due gratitude and today, the proceeds from poppy sales are channeled for the welfare of their dependents as a tribute.