United Nations International Day of Peacekeepers’ was marked with a wreath laying ceremony in the Meditation Area of the General Assembly building and a medal awarding ceremony at the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations. This solemn occasion was graced by the Secretary General, Under Secretary Generals, Permenant Representatives, including HE Dr Rohan Perera of Sri Lanka, UN Officials, Military and Police Advisers of Permanent Missions.

 

During the medal awarding ceremony, the first Captain Mbaye Diagne (Senegal) Medal for Exceptional Courage was posthumously awarded to his family and Dag Hammarskjold Medal  was posthumously awarded to 97 Peacekeepers from 37 countries, for those who have lost their lives during service with a Peacekeeping Operation under the operational control and authority of the United Nations.

 

The late Sri Lanka Air Force Coporal Herath M K Bandara was awarded the medal posthumously and Miltary Adviser of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Major General Ubaya Medawela accepted the medal on behalf of the late corporal’s family from Mr Herve Ludsous, Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations.

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