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23rd August 2019 18:45:26 Hours

MSM Visit Takes New Commander Down Memory Lane

Showing prioritized concern and recalling brotherly ties and collective responsibility that he has had in the battlefield, the new Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva this morning (23), together with Mrs Sujeewa Nelson, President Army Seva Vanitha Unit and his daughters visited the Mihindu Seth Medura (MSM) at Attidiya where more than 50 wounded War Heroes are under recuperation and rehabilitation for the rest of their lives.

The Commander of the Army on arrival at the premises was welcomed by the Adjutant General, Major General Jayantha Senevirathna in the company of Brigadier Shantha Rajakaruna, Director Rehabilitation, Mrs Rajakaruna, the spouse of Brigadier Rajakaruna and Lieutenant Colonel Jeewan Gunasekara, Commandant MSM.

A few minutes later, the Commander and his retinue went to the wards in the wellness resort and met the inmates, spoke to each of them and inquired into their well-being before they were awarded gift parcels along with accompanying family members. With some of them, the Commander refreshed yesteryear memories in the battlefield and shared a couple of views with them.

In a moving gesture of gratitude and glee, a group of those inmates sang a few songs and showed their aesthetic talents, inherent in them in an impressive wheelchair dance to the visiting Commander, although some of them are physically handicapped and confined to wheelchairs.

As the day's itinerary was nearing end, one of the inmates who on the spot drew a drawing, unknown to anyone in the group, surprisingly presented it to the visiting Commander as a memento on the same occasion. Lieutenant General Silva before his exit from the premises left a few of his thoughts in the MSM Visitors' Book.

During his stay, the Commander also inquired into improvements that can be made to the MSM in future with special focus on accommodation, medical and mental care.

A few more Senior Officers, including Major General Prasanna Chandrasekara, Director General Army Real Estate & Quartering and Major General H.G.I Vidyananda, Master General Ordnance were associated with the visit.