The 14th anniversary of the National War Heroes’ Day alias the 'Victory Day' that pays floral tributes to the bravery of 28,619 fallen War Heroes who liberated the country from LTTE terrorism was commemorated this afternoon (May 19) in a simple, yet dignified ceremony at the Battaramulla National War Heroes’ Monument with attendance of the Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces, Hon President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Chief Guest.
The National War Heroes’ Day alias ‘Victory Day’ that pays tribute to the valour of patriotic War Heroes who laid their lives against terrorism and division of the country is commemorated on 19 May at Battaramulla War Heroes’ Monument with the participation of HE the President, Ministers, Secretary Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Tri Service Commanders, next of kin of fallen War Heroes and grateful masses.
Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu, Senior Officers, Officers & All Ranks Wish to Extend 'Vesak' Greetings to All Sri Lankans on this Thrice Blessed Vesak Day. May All Beings be Well & Happy !
Hon President Ranil Wickremesinghe, together with a retinue, inclusive of Hon Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Speaker, Hon Minister Bandula Gunawardene, Mr Sagala Ratnayake, Chief of Staff of the President and National Security Advisor to the President, Mr E.M.S.B Ekanayake, Secretary to the President, General Kamal Gunarathne (Retd) WWV RWP RSP USP ndc psc MPhil, Secretary to Ministry of Defence, General Shavendra Silva WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil, Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu, Commander of the Army, Inspector General of Police, Senior Tri-Service Officers on Wednesday (3) evening joined the ceremonial inauguration of the Gangaramaya 'Buddha Rashmi Vesak Zone' where members of the Army have added a number of colourful, decorative and creative spectacles for display during the Vesak week (4-10).
The Chief of the Air Staff of Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, called on Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu, Commander of the Army on Wednesday (3) morning at the Army Headquarters. He was welcomed at the Army Headquarters in a formal military ceremony where the visiting Chief of the Air Staff was honoured by presenting a Guard of Honour in conformity with military traditions. On arrival at the premises, he was received by Major General M.G.W.W.W.M.C.B Wickramasinghe RWP RSP ndu psc, Adjutant General.
Battle-hardened War Heroes at Attidiya ‘Mihindu Seth Medura’ where they are under rehabilitation for permanent injuries were lavishly entertained during a specially-designed Sinhala and Hindu New Year festival, held on Monday (24) in the presence of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu as the Chief Guest.
A representative gathering of Officers and Other Ranks of Islamic faith in the Army, together with Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu, Commander of the Army sat together Wednesday (19) at Laya Beach Hotel, Wadduwa to perform the Islamic ‘Iftar’ ritual, the breaking of fast of Muslims at sunset.
The customary Sinhala and Tamil New Year tea table and cordial get-together at the Army Headquarters (AHQ) got underway on Monday (17) morning with Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu, Commander of the Army, gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest. On arrival at the venue, the Commander was welcomed by the Chief of Staff, Major General C D Weerasuriya RWP RSP ndu and Senior Officers including the Deputy Chief of Staff, Major General D G S Senarath Yapa RWP RSP ndu and all other Principle Staff Officers at the Army Headquarters.
Bringing the annual Sinhala and Tamil New Year spirits into the country’s largest service provider, the Sri Lanka Army, hundreds of Army personnel serving the Army Headquarters at Sri Jayawardenepura on Monday (10 April) joined hands together with one another and enjoyed typical festivities and traditional games during a New Year festival at Panagoda Army Cantonment. Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu, Commander of the Army attaching importance to the customary feature graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, together with Mrs. Janaki Liyanage, President, Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) and a host of Officers.
Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu, Commander of the Army and Colonel of the Regiment of Gajaba Regiment (GR), together with Mrs Janaki Liyanage, President, Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) who is also the Chairperson of GR Seva Vanitha Branch (GR-SVB) Friday (7) morning inaugurated the Gajaba Regiment Seva Vanitha New Year fair at GR Regimental Headquarters in Saliyapura. The New Year fair, organized by GR-SVB ladies with the support of GR troops under the guidance of the Chairperson of the GR-SVB in consultation with Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu had a wide variety of essential commodities, needed for the forthcoming Sinhala and Hindu New Year festival.