08th August 2019 17:57:43 Hours
Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army as the Chief Guest took part in the foundation-laying ceremony for construction of a new Regimental Headquarters building for the Sri Lanka Artillery (SLA) Regiment at Panagoda this morning (8).
The brief but colourful ceremony got to a start soon after the day’s visitor to the SLA HQ was greeted in a Guard Turnout before he was formally welcomed by Major General Ruwan de Silva, Colonel Commandant, SLA and Military Secretary. Afterwards, the day’s Chief Guest was invited to receive the salute in the special Guard of Honour accorded on his behalf.
As the auspicious minute struck, amid chanting of ‘Seth Pirith’, the day’s guest laid the first corner-stone for construction of the new SLA HQ complex. Major General Ruwan de Silva and Senior Officers followed suit. He also offered ‘Atapirikara’ to members of the Maha Sangha and received blessings at the same occasion.
The visiting Commander of the Army also left memories by planting a Mango sapling in the compound and by sitting for a group photo. Later, the Commander received a briefing about the proposed construction plan and the architectural design.
As has been the practice, the Commander was invited by Major General Vijitha Ravipriya, Commander Security Forces – Kilinochchi, himself a Senior Officer of the Artillery family to address the gathering of SLA Officers and Other Rankers before proceedings ended.