The military funeral of Brigadier K.J.N Senaweera (Rtd) RSP USP Ldmc, who had served the country for more than 30 years, took place Wednesday (4) evening at Borella General Cemetery, amid a mammoth gathering of his military comrades and other mourners.
Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army, arrived at the crematorium to pay his last respects. Retired Senior Officers, Principal Staff Officers, Senior Officers, Directors and other mourners were also there to salute the late officer as the dusk fell.
Troops in accordance with military traditions received the remains, presenting arms near the entrance to the cemetery before being placed in the gun carriage and draped it in the National flag. As the funeral procession reached the main entrance to the cemetery, a representative gathering of senior officers formally, received the coffin and began to inch its way towards the crematorium after all of them together with family members lined up behind the coffin.
The formal Special Part I Order, issued by the Commander of the Army was then read out to the mourners as the occasion turned solemn. Troops in conformity with military traditions then saluted the deceased, presenting a symbolic gun salute, the highest tribute a military officer, could get in the event of his demise.
Minutes after the Last Post, the bugle call that sounded, indicating that the great soldier had now gone to his final rest, the remains were taken to the crematorium.
Seconds after that, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army presented the bereaved family with the decorations and medals Brigadier K.J.N Senaweera had earned during his illustrious career, a general tradition in the armed forces.
The military funeral of late Brigadier K.J.N Senaweera was organized under the direct supervision of Major General A.S De Z Wickramarathne, Adjutant General and with the coordination of Major General K.R.P Rowel, Colonel Commandant of Sri Lanka Signal Corps.
Here follows the Part 1 Order read out at the funeral;