19th March 2017 18:30:27 Hours
Gemunu Watch (GW) Regimental Headquarters on Friday (19) commenced a series of commemorative events at its Regimental Headquarters, Kuruwita on account of its 29th anniversary.
Regimental flags were blessed at first in multi-religious events at Sabaragamuwa Maha Saman Devalaya, Ratnapura, Hindu temple, Mosque and the Church at Ratnapura during 17-18 March as first priorities.
Fifteen members of the Maha Sangha at Edandawala Temple were offered alms after a Bodhi Pooja was held at the Regimental Centre Vihara premises during the same period.
Major General P.U.S Vithanage, Colonel of the Regiment, GW graced commemorative events as the Chief Guest.
The arrival of the Colonel of the Regiment was greeted to a formal Guard Turnout at the entrance to the premises in keeping with military traditions on the anniversary day (18).
The day's ceremony of the 'Highlanders' included a floral-wreath laying ceremony in memory of fallen War Heroes and a two-minute silence at the GW monument premises.
Afterwards, the Gemunu Regiment Swimming Pool was re-opened after repairs dedicating it to "Lieutenant General PSB Kulatunga Memorial Swimming Pool" to honour late Lieutenant General P.S.B Kulathunga. In addition to that, an All Rank tea was organized at the newly-opened swimming pool complex.
Then, the Colonel of the Regiment, GW re-opened several renovated buildings including the General T.I Weerathunga Memorial Museum, library and the newly-built Holiday Bungalow at the Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess.
An All Rank lunch was held at the Regimental Other Ranks’ Mess afterwards culminating commemorative programmes. The Regimental Council Meeting was also held at the Regimental Headquarters Conference Hall, the same evening.
All GW Senior Officers, Staff Officers, Officers and Other Ranks participated in the day’s event.