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Tamils in Washington DC area remember Maaveerar

Tamils in the Washington DC metropolitan area got together on Sunday to commemorate Maaveerar Naal.

The event in Chantilly, Virginia saw the lighting of the sacrificial flame by a long-time activist before attendees laid flowers and candles at portraits of Lt Shankar and 2nd Lt Maalathy, the first male and female LTTE cadres to die in combat.

Dr Varatharajan Thurairajah, one of the doctors trapped in the Vanni by the government advance in 2009, later arrested and forced to recant his experiences, joined the event via conference call to share his thoughts on the day.