As Tamils all over the world gathered to mourn their dead, Sri Lanka held its annual ‘Victory Day’ parade, celebrating the defeat of the LTTE.
Over 13,000 personnel from the navy, army, air force and Special Task Force took part in the parade, overseen by Mahinda Rajapkse.
Rajapakse addressed the crowds, celebrating the "great victory of our Motherland".
The Sri Lankan celebrations started with a 21-gun salute and saw a fly-past by 30 air craft and 50 navy vessels were in the sea off the coast of Colombo’s Galle Face Green.
During the display by the navy, one of the boats capsized, with one sailor still missing.
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