12th September 2018 14:35:50 Hours
More than 45 Army personnel of the 513 Brigade Headquarters at Keeramalai under the 51 Division of the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) on account of its 23rd Anniversary voluntarily donated their blood for use of patients in the North during the course of its anniversary programmes.
The anniversary events started with the blood donation on 20 August with the support received from Dr S. Pradeepan of Thelippalai hospital and his medical staff. All Ranks in the 513 Brigade Headquarters and under command units gave blood during the occasion.
On 23 August, troops of the 513 Brigade entertained the adults at Shivaboomi Home for the Elders at Sittankerny presenting calypso music to them after they were treated to a lunch with offer of gift parcels to all 75 inmates. Commander 513 Brigade and Staff Officers and Other Ranks took part in the charity programme.
The same evening a Bodhi Pooja at Jaffna Sri Naga Viharaya blessed all those serving in the 513 Brigade after the monks were conducted to the premises in a procession. After four days on 27 August, 513 Brigade troops enjoyed in a mega musical show, coloured by popular vocalists and eye-catching dancing performances at Kankesanthurai public ground.
Major General Roshan Seneviratne, General Officer Commanding, 51 Division graced the occasion as the Chief Guest at the invitation of the Commander 513 Brigade. The musical show entertained both troops and the general public in the area up until the midnight.
On the anniversary day (30), the Brigade Commander was greeted to a Guard Turnout in accordance with military formalities soon after he entered the Headquarters premises. Subsequently, the Commander 513 Brigade planted a sapling in the premises to mark the 23rd anniversary and had lunch with All Ranks, bringing the anniversary commemoration to an end.