"Cultural and sporting events will also be held in addition to the main event in Colombo," Karu Jayasuriya, the chief organiser of the celebrations, was quoted, as saying. President Mahinda Rajapakse'sGovernment is preparing to put its military might on display at a seafront promenade in Colombo, including tanks and multi-barrel rocket launchers - the most effective weapon against the Tigers - and aircraft. Monday's celebrations are the first major national event since Colombo formally ended the Norwegian-arranged 2002 truce and vowed to crush the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militarily.
The military will deploy 4100 troops for a ceremonial parade, in addition to drawing thousands of commandos and paramilitary police forces from the provinces to beef up security.
Sri Lanka has remained in ethnic turmoil for more than half the period since independence, with more than 60,000 people killed since 1983.