11th October 2021 07:00:31 Hours
Regimental Centre troops of the Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) during a moving ceremony, blended with military formalities and ceremonials on Friday (8) bade farewell to their outgoing Colonel of the Regiment, Major General Hemantha Bandara.
The proceedings began as the day’s protagonist, SLSR Colonel of the Regiment entered the premises to be saluted at a Guard Turnout in his honour. The outgoing Colonel of the Regiment was warmly welcomed and invited to the parade ground by Brigadier Wiraj Wimalasena.
SLSR troops, comprised of Regimental Truncheon presented the Guard of Honour to the outgoing Colonel of the Regiment at the parade ground.
After the parade, the Colonel of the Regiment paid floral tributes to the SLSR War Heroes’ monument and joined All Ranks refreshments at the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess where he shared a few thoughts with the attendees. He also signed a few documents in respect of his relinquishment of the appointment in the office.
Finally, a ‘Farewell Dinner’ was hosted in appreciation of the outgoing Colonel of the Regiment and the outgoing Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs Shiromi Bandara. All Officers with their spouses joined the occasion.
Adding memories to the occasion, a portrait of the outgoing Major General Hemantha Bandara, Colonel of the Regiment was also gifted to him as a token of goodwill. Mrs Dharshani Hemamala Liyanage appreciated the services of the outgoing Chairperson and presented a symbolic memento.
A few minutes later, to be in accordance with formalities, the outgoing Colonel of the Regiment moved out from the Officers’ Mess amid best wishes and greetings.