Russian Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces salutes War Heroes | Daily News


Russian Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces salutes War Heroes

The visiting Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces of the Russian Federation General Oleg Salyukov placed a floral tribute yesterday afternoon in remembrance of the War Heroes who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of their motherland.

Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force Maj.Gen. Jagath Gunawardena received the visiting Russian Commander at the War Heroes’ monument at Sri Jayawardenapura.

There are 23,321 service personnel from the Sri Lanka Army, 1,140 from the Sri Lanka Navy,

 426 from the Sri Lanka Air Force, 2,575 from the Sri Lanka Police and 24 female warriors whose names are engraved on the walls at the war memorial site.

These names will forever be remembered with gratitude as it is because of them that we enjoy peace and freedom in this country today. A two minutes silence was observed in remembrance of the fallen War Heroes and thereafter, amid honours presented by the troops of the Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police, the Russian military Chief solemnly placed a floral wreath at the monument.

Sounding of the last post, followed by Reveille in keeping with age old military traditions and in accord of final respects, signalled the end of the brief memorial service at the venue.

Thereafter, the Russian Land Forces Commander visited the newly constructed Military Headquarters in Akuregoda where he was accorded a Guard of Honour.

Army Commander and Acting Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva accorded the Russian Army General a red carpet welcome and escorted him to his office for bilateral discussions. During their discussion, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva noted that Sri Lanka has maintained close ties with Russia and appreciates all the support rendered to Sri Lanka during the most trying times. He said that the Sri Lankan Army Band had also visited Russia last year and many military officers had also got the opportunity to visit Russia.

In response Russian General Oleg Salyukov thanked the Sri Lankan Government for the invitation and warm welcome accorded to him. He commended the Army Commander for his bravery during the war and praised him for being one of the most decorated officers in the history of the Sri Lankan military. The Russian Commander is scheduled to participate in Sri Lanka’s 72nd Independence Day celebrations to be held at the Independence Square today and expressed his sincere gratitude to the Sri Lankan Government for extending an invitation for him to participate on this special occasion.

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