05th September 2022 14:16:04 Hours
Troops of the Regimental Centre of the Sri Lanka National Guard (SLNG) at the Heraliayawala Headquarter Battalion extended their felicitation to their Colonel of the Regiment who is also the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage on Wednesday (31) when he arrived there for the first time after assumption of office as the Commander of the Army.
The SLNG Regimental Headquarters laid a red carpet welcome to their Colonel of the Regiment after a ceremonial Guard Turnout greeted him at the entrance before he was warmly received by the SLNG Centre Commandant, Colonel H.A Keertinatha.
After a while, the Army Chief was invited to review the Guard of Honour, presented in his honour along with the parade commander at the parade ground. SLNG troops afterwards saluted the day’s Chief Guest in conformity with military traditions.
Speaking to the troops from the special dais, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage stated “It is important that we as protectors of the nation be mindful of our duty to ensure safety and wellbeing of our population”
Commander of the Army further stressed the importance of maintaining discipline and professionalism and understood that SLNG has continuously strived for excellence and has proved its metal by performing in all spheres of the Army.
At the same occasion during refreshments, the day’s Chief Guest in recognition of the achievements of the SLNG Sergeant Palitha Bandara in Discus Throwing in world sports during Commonwealth Games awarded a cash incentive to him amid applause of the gathering.
Next, in order to leave memories of his visit to the Regimental Headquarters complex, the visiting Commander of the Army was invited to plant a sapling in the compound. SLNG Centre Commandant, Deputy Centre Commandant, members of the Regimental Council and Other Ranks were present at the location.
The occasion assumed greater importance as the Colonel of the Regiment, SLNG moved to inaugurate the newly-constructed SLNG Colonel of the Regiment’s office, comprised of all the sections, needed for its smooth functioning. He opened the new building by cutting a ribbon.
Officers at the Regimental Centre adding more memories to the occasion sat for a group photograph with the Commander of the Army.
Later on, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage arrived at the Regimental Headquarters complex at Wehera where he was received by the Centre Commandant. Prior to his departure, the Centre Commandant presented an appreciative memento to the Commander of the Army. He also penned a few thoughts in the SLNG visitors’ book as compliments, bringing the day’s proceedings to end.
Mrs Janaki Liyanage, President Army Seva Vanitha Unit, Senior Officers including, members of the SLNG Council attended the day’s programme.