The Sri Lanka Army's one of the most prestigious and battle-hardened entities, the Gajaba Regiment (GR) which marks its 40th anniversary today (14) considers 14th October of every year as the red letter day aka the memorable GR Regimental Day, a day that brings refreshing memories and connectivity with one another as one bonded family of infantrymen who have joined the saga of unmatched bravery and heroism.
The Sri Lanka Army, the unmatched service provider plus the proud ‘Defender of the Nation’ which led a sustained crusade against ruthless terrorism and brought durable peace to the Nation after more than three decades of human suffering marked its 74th Anniversary today (10 October) with grandeur at Panagoda Army Cantonment, pledging that it would continue to be the leading guarantor of the national security.
The Sri Lanka Army on the verge of maturing into its 74 years of victorious existence and legacy refreshed the memories of invaluable sacrifices of War Heroes in a solemn, yet dignified commemorative ceremony on Friday (6) afternoon at Battaramulla War Heroes’ Monument (Ranaviru Smarayakaya).
The customary all-night ‘Pirith’ chanting, the final religious segment for the forthcoming 74th Army Day (10 October) commenced at the Sri Jayawardenepura Army Headquarters complex as the dusk fell on Thursday (5 October).
A special ‘Aashirwada’ Pooja (blessing ceremony) of Hindu tradition, held on Wednesday morning (5) at Mayurapathi Sri Bhadrakali Amman Kovil, Colombo 5, extended its blessings to the forthcoming 74th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Army and the Army Day (Oct 10).
A representative gathering of Officers and Other Ranks of Islamic faith in the Army joined a special prayer session this morning (4) at Colpetty Jumma Mosque for invocation of blessings on the forthcoming 74th Army Anniversary as one more segment of multi-religious anniversary observances.
A special Mass at Borella All Saints' Church, graced by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Bishop of Colombo and several other prominent clergies invoked blessings on the forthcoming 74th Army Anniversary (10 October) on Tuesday (3 October) afternoon as a segment of the series of multi-religious observances.
Prioritized blessing ceremonies as the precursor to the forthcoming 74th Army Anniversary (10 Oct) commemoration as has been the practice during customary arrangements got underway at the sacred Kataragama Kirivehera and Devala compounds on Monday (02 Oct) where Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu, Commander of the Army, together with representative Officers and Other Ranks of the Army graced as the Chief Guest.
The second religious ceremony of Buddhist faith in sequence to bless the forthcoming 74th Army anniversary (Oct 10) got underway this morning (Sep 28) at the most hallowed Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of Tooth) in Kandy where sacred 'Shareerika' relics remain enshrined for veneration.