02nd October 2020 06:50:08 Hours
Unforgetful of gallantry and sacrifices they made in the battlefield and giving prioritized attention, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, just a few minutes after the day’s main religious ceremony at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi was over, straight away proceeded to the ‘Abhimansala - 1’ (wellness resort) at Anuradhapura where some 40 dependent War Heroes are receiving rehabilitation and recuperation for the rest of their lives. The customary practice coincided with the forthcoming Army Day anniversary commemorations.
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, together with, several senior officers after a brief welcome visited the wards and spoke to each of those differently able War Heroes in order to inquire into their wellbeing and requirements during his interactions with them. Showing his fatherly affection, Lieutenant General Silva, awarded each of them a gift parcel that contained essentials during the same occasion.
After a while, the day’s Chief Guest in another gesture of goodwill and solidarity, symbolic of his concern towards those differently able War Heroes, sat together with all the inmates and had his lunch with them. Major General Jagath Gunawardana, Chief of Staff, Major General Ruwan Wanigasooriya, Commandant Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force, PSOs, Commanders of Security Forces, Brigadier Shiran Abeysekara, Director Rehabilitation, Brigadier Thusitha Hettiarachchi, Commandant, 'Abhimansala-1' and several Senior Officers were associated with the visit.
The visit culminated with the signing of the visitors' book by the Commander of the Army before his departure.