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DAWN OF A NEW ERA

DAWN OF PEACE CELEBRATIONS
on June 6, 2009

Images by Wick Gankanda, Los Angeles, California
wickcentral.com/java

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Garvey Park in Rosemead, California

Masters of the Ceremony:
Ms. Dulnari Edirisinghe and Mr. Ananda Markalanda







Singing the national anthem of Sri Lanka and US:
Ms. Shanya Markalanda







Lighting the oil lamp:
Consul General Mr. Ananda Wickramasinghe,
Ms. Shanan Deniese and Mr. Nadun Silva










Ven. pandit Ahangama Dhammarama nayaka thero
of the Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara










Ven. Ambalantota Kolitha




Catholic Priest Rev. Fr. Alexi Smith




Mr. Ajwad Shariz

Consul General Mr. Ananda Wickramasinghe




Mr. Ananda Markalanda addressing the crowd

Mr. Jayam Ratnum
President of Sri Lanka American Association

Dr. Mohan Kumaratna
President of Ranawiru Foundation




Ven. Aparekke Punyasiri
of Maithri Vihara Buddhist Meditation Center
for the Sri Lankan Patriots




Mr. Asoka Godawita
of the Trade Consul

Ms. Dilukshi Fernanda and Ms. Naomi Amerasekera




Dr. Sinduri Jayasinghe

Ms. Vinayani Jayasinghe




Ms. Kiyara and Siara Gunawardana

Mr. Rukshan Perera and group




Mrs. Ramani Weerasinghe and Anoma Rasaputhra




Mr. Supun De Silva