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Sri Lanka Army celebrates 68th Anniversary

Sri Lanka Army celebrates 68th Anniversary

[October 10 2017]

The Sri Lanka Army celebrates its 68th Anniversary today (10th Tuesday, October). The 'Army Day' ceremony is held at the Panagoda Army Cantonment, today with the participation of the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake.

A series of multi- religious programmes were conducted by the Army preceding the main anniversary ceremony today. The main flag blessing ceremony held at the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) in Kandy was followed by more religious ceremonies being held at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, Sri Ponnambalam Vaneshwarar Kovil in Kotahena, Jumma Masjidh in Colpetty and at the All Saints' Church in Borella. Blessing ceremonies were also conducted at the Kirivehera in Kataragama. The all-night Pirith chanting ceremony, organized by the Army Buddhist Association at the Bodhirajaramaya (Army temple) in Panagoda on Sunday evening (08th October) saw the culmination of the religious programmes conducted in connection with the Army Day celebrations.

Formed as the 'Ceylon Army' in 1949, it was later changed and came to be known as the Sri Lanka Army with the country becoming a Republic in 1972. Sri Lanka Army led the tri forces in the fight against terrorism during the Humanitarian Operations. Thousands of its men made the supreme sacrifice during the war to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of our motherland and usher in an era of peace to the country.

At present there are 24 Regiments in the Sri Lanka Army. Taking on a new role in the post war rebuilding process, the Army is involved extensively in the development of the country particularly in the reconciliation and development drive of the North and East. In addition, its men take the lead during natural disasters and other emergencies and carryout relief operations. Their role in the national anti-Dengue fight is widely recognized. They are also being offered more opportunities in international peace keeping missions abroad as well.

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