Over 300 ex-Commandos of the Ex-servicemen’s Association of the Commando Regiment (CR) on Saturday (12) participated in a 24 km-long walk from Galle Face Green to Ganemulla, the place where their Regimental Headquarters is situated.
Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake as the Chief Guest at Galle Face Green flagged off the ‘Commando Walk’ and extended his best wishes on the event and its organizers.
The ‘Commando Walk’ coincided with the Regiment’s 33rd anniversary, simultaneously appreciated the services of CR pioneers who worked so dedicatedly to elevate the CR to the present standards before their retirement.
1 CR was raised on 15th March 1980 under the command of Lieutenant Colonel S.D Peiris, the pioneering Commanding Officer of the Regiment. By now, the CR has spread its wings to have four units, two training schools and a separate Regimental Headquarters. To this date, 9 Colonels have commanded the Regiment since its founding in 1980.
Major General P.P De Silva, Colonel of the Regiment and Brigadier B.P.S De Silva, CR Centre Commandant, gave their fullest support to the event, organized by CR veterans.
The walk was also attended by serving CR members and its sniffing dogs and was meant to launch an awareness programme on the sacrifices of the Commandos for the best interests of the country.
43 officers and 689 other ranks of the CR have laid their lives for defence of the country during the three-decade long war for peace. Similarly, 26 officers and 1014 other ranks of the CR, became disable during the fight against division of the country.