10th October 2018 22:31:28 Hours
Major General Aruna Jayasekera, General Officer Commanding, 22 Division assumed duties as the 24th Colonel of the Regiment of the Gemunu Watch (GW) during a simple ceremony at the Gemunu Watch Regimental Centre in Kuruwita on Saturday (06).
He succeeded Major General Dampath Fernando, Chief of Staff who also rendered a notable service to the GW as the Colonel of the Regiment.
On arrival at the GW Headquarters, Major General Aruna Jayasekara was honoured in a Guard Turnout and afterwards in a Guard of Honour in accordance with military traditions. GW troops with the President’s Colours and the Regimental Colours awarded the salute. Later on, the new Colonel of the Regiment planted a sapling in the lakeside premises to mark the memorable occasion.
To signify the acceptance of his new command, Major General Aruna Jayasekara placed his signature in a formal document symbolically as the Colonel of the Regiment, amid religious observances after lighting the traditional oil lamp.
After that, he paid tribute to GW War Heroes' Monument and recalled the gallantry of Officers and Other Ranks of the GW who had made the supreme sacrifice for the motherland.
The new Colonel of the Regiment during his address extended his gratitude to all ranks for the warm reception and highlighted the need for everybody to commit for the uplift of the Gemunu Watch which has a proud history. He also paid his gratitude to those sustained injuries in action while appreciating their contribution. He also appealed all serving members including the civil staff to assist him in his future endeavours.