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Army now interacts with civil society in big way – Lt . Gen. Shavendra Silva

The Sri Lanka Army yesterday celebrated  its 70th anniversary with a ceremonial parade at Galle Face. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva inspecting the parade. Chief of Army Staff Maj. Gen. Sathapriya Liyanage and senior military officials were present. Picture by Rukmal Gamage
The Sri Lanka Army yesterday celebrated its 70th anniversary with a ceremonial parade at Galle Face. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva inspecting the parade. Chief of Army Staff Maj. Gen. Sathapriya Liyanage and senior military officials were prese

“Unlike earlier times, the Army now interacts with civil society in a big way. Relations between us and civilians should be sustained and fostered in order to achieve our goals with the community,” said Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lankan Army officiating at the 70th anniversary parade of the Army held at the Galle Face Green, Colombo, yesterday morning.

Overseeing an imposing military display on the Green, Lt. General Silva paid a gracious tribute to the fallen heroes who have laid down their lives for the country’s independence and freedom. He commended the efforts of serving officers and those who have retired declaring that he would provide “the leadership the Army needs to be on par with Armed Forces around the world”.

“For the first time in 70 illustrious years, 210 officers and 7000 other ranks have been duly promoted. This includes 3 Lieutenants, 17 Lieutenants to Captains, 150 Captains to Majors and 40 Majors to Lieutenant Colonels,” he told the gathering of senior Army officers and family members. He also listed out seven concepts he wished to abide by, including improving personnel skills, modernizing of equipment, recruitments, and welfare initiatives such as care for injured personnel.

“It is timely for us to carry forward this bond between the military and civilian society in order to retain the confidence the civilians have placed in us.”

Lt. General Silva also emphasized the initiatives he had taken to uplift the welfare benefits of disabled war heroes and family members of fallen heroes by improving their living standards.

“I will do my best in that direction by re-organizing welfare measures, infrastructure facilities, and new projects in a more structured and qualitative manner.”

The 70th anniversary commemoration was held in accordance with military traditions replete with a commemorative parade of 1,178 troops and 658 personnel in Army bands. The parade was commanded by Maj. Gen. G.V. Ravipariya and Brigadier W.S. Ariyasinha. Several armored vehicles and artillery guns were on display at the Galle Face Green.

Lt.General Silva inspected the Guard Turn-Out, accorded in his honour, in keeping with formal military tradition. The ceremonial parade showed off Regimental colours, while a two-minute silence was also observed in memory of fallen war heroes.

 


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