30th August 2018 16:59:25 Hours
Former Commander of the Army late General Rohan Daluwatte who has left indelible milestones in the annals of Sri Lanka Army, bade farewell to the Nation on Wednesday (29) evening, amidst a sea of his military comrades and mourners at the General Cemetery, Borella.
Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army, Major General Dampath Fernando, Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage, Commander Security Forces – West (SFHQ – West) and Colonel Commandant, Sri Lanka Armoured Corps, and a host of distinguished retired and serving senior military officers attended the funeral that took place with full military honours.
Troops in accordance with military traditions received the remains, presenting arms around Narahenpita junction before the remains being taken in the gun carriage. Those participating in the solemn funeral ceremony at the cemetery afterwards listened to the Special Part I Order, issued by the Commander of the Army.
The Special Part I Order was read to the gathering by an officer of the deceased’s Regiment of Sri Lanka Armoured Corps before troops saluted their late Commander with firing of the symbolic 21 gun salute, the highest tribute a military officer could get in the event of his death.
Minutes after the Last Post, the bugle call that sounded, indicating that the great soldier has gone to his final rest, the remains were taken to the graveyard as everyone bade the final farewell to their beloved relative and the former military chief.