Responsibilities not ended with war
Responsibilities vested with the Army on behalf of the motherland do
not come to an end with the great victory achieved in the humanitarian
operations. As War Heroes we are also expected to contribute our might
to the development of this land while ensuring security of the country.
Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya said.
The Army Commander was addressing the prize awarding ceremony of the
Inter Regimental Drill Competition at the Army Headquarters in Colombo
Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya was the Chief
Guest. The Army Commander said, “today, you all as members of an
excellent Army which successfully defeated the cycle of terrorism that
terrified Sri Lanka for over 30 years and showcased your skills in
professional warfare to the whole world have today shown your prowess in
drills, an integral component that contributes to the making of a
“As guardians of the nation, we should have to maintain high
standards in our physical and mental fitness, coupled with high level of
discipline. Drill is one major way of inculcating all those qualities in
“If you become a veteran in drills, it will also help groom qualities
of a soldier in you.”
“By conducting these types of competitions, you are awarded
opportunities for development of your ability to identify challenges,
overcome challenges and promotion of co-existence, friendship,
togetherness, unity and mutual understanding among one another.
“I am happy to note that you during your display today showed all
those characteristics,” he said.
At the commencement of the day’s proceedings, display of Drills that
testified to the discipline of Army soldiers have received was held
amidst loud cheering of the spectators.
It followed the Band Display that added rhythmic music to the
occasion in their multi-coloured military attires.
After they showcased their skills, their Regimental Commanders
congratulated respective platoons of Drill and Bands on their impressive
achievements and gave away medals and certificates. The climax of the
day’s events was the presentation of trophies to the best platoon
leaders, both men and women in respective Drill platoons.
Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, the Chief
Guest on the occasion afterwards gave away medals in appreciation of
their contribution to the whole event and congratulated each and every
one of them. He also presented the symbolic flag pole to the Best
Commanders in the platoons.
In the Inter Regiment Drill Competition, the Sri Lanka National
Guards emerged the winner and Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment and Sri Lanka
Armoured Corps platoons were adjudged first and second runners-up. In
the women’s sector, Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps platoon secured the
overall championship out of all the platoons.
Captain R.S.L. Bodaragama of Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment was adjudged
the BestPlatoon Commander in the competition while the award for the
Best Woman Platoon Commander went to Captain M.P.R. Wijesinghe of Sri
Lanka Army Women’s Corps.
Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya at the end of the ceremony
addressed the participants after all the awards were given away to the
Best Platoon Commanders.