Corporal Gamini Kularatne, popularly known as 'Hasalaka Gamini' was a brave War Hero who made the supreme sacrifice during the Elephant Pass battle.
Two separate ceremonies were held at the Hasalaka Gamini Memorial at Elephant Pass and at his statue at Hasalaka junction in Mahiyanganaya. Family members of the Late War Hero, military and state officials attended the memorial ceremony at Hasalaka.
Corporal Kulathunga was posthumously awarded the highest decoration a soldier could earn, the Parama Weera Vibhushana (PWV) Medal after he sacrificed his life in his attempt to stop an explosive laden LTTE armoured bulldozer which attempted to blow up the Elephant Pass camp on July 14, 1991. The young soldier braving stiff enemy fire lobbed a grenade inside the advancing vehicle and died on his effort effectively stopping its advance.
The memorial to Hasalaka War Hero was later set up at Elephant Pass with the remnants of the bulldozer he helped to destroy.