28th September 2023 08:30:22 Hours
Paying the highest tribute to the gallantry and sacrifices they made in the battlefield before May 2009 and attaching prioritized importance to the well-being of permanently-injured War Heroes, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu, Commander of the Army, just a few minutes after the day’s first main religious ceremony at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi on account of the forthcoming Army Anniversary directly proceeded to the ‘Abhimansala - 1’ (wellness resort) at Anuradhapura where some 40 dependent War Heroes are receiving rehabilitation and recuperation for the rest of their lives.
Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, together with Mrs Janaki Liyanage, President of Army Seva Vanitha Unit and several Senior Officers visited the wards and spoke to each of those differently abled War Heroes in order to inquire about their well-being and requirements. Showing his fatherly affection and warmth, the Army Chief awarded each of them a gift parcel that contained essentials during the same occasion.
After a while, the day’s Chief Guest in another gesture of goodwill and solidarity, symbolic of his concern towards those differently abled War Heroes, sat together with them to have lunch.
Major General W.A.S.S Wanasinghe RSP VSV USP ndu, Chief of Staff, Major General D.M.K.D.B Pussella RWP RSP, Commandant of Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force, Principal Staff Officers, Commanders of Security Forces, Director Rehabilitation, Commandant of 'Abhimansala-1' and several Senior Officers were associated with the day’s proceedings.
The visit to the 'Abhimansala-1' culminated with the signing of the visitors' book by the Commander of the Army before his departure.