Jayasuriya said on the occasion that the memorial would remind politicians of their commitment for a society where justice prevailed. It will be a memorial that teaches good governance principles for the entire nation, he said.
We should remember that it is incumbent upon us to realize the society wished for by the much revered prelate, he said, adding that steps are being taken towards that direction.
Every year, when we remember Sobhitha Thera, we can take a look back and see how long we have come and where we went wrong, in order to rectify the mistakes. Then, we will feel that Sobhitha Thera remains behind us and guides us.
The speaker went onto say that he was fortunate enough to be guided by the revered prelate. The Elapathgama village at Vilachchiya built by him is a portrayal of his humanity and compassion. Jayasuriya thanked with gratitude all those who joined in to help that village on behalf of the Thera.
The national movement for a just society formed by him is a prime example that one noble person can change an entire society. Through that, the Thera added a new era to the country’s history, he added.