Oct 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army , established in 1949 in post-Independence Ceylon, marked its 68th anniversary Tuesday with the participation of its Commander, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake as the chief guest.
The 'Army Day' ceremony was held at the Panagoda Army Cantonment, today and the Army Commander presided over the ceremonial parade with regimental colors after inspecting the Guard Turn-Out, accorded in his honor.
Addressing the troops, the Army Commander called on the troops to work for peace in the best interest of the country while adhering to high standards protecting the image of the professional army.
"We as the Army have the responsibility of protecting the country while preserving the Army image, high standards of discipline with a view to aiming at a specific goal as a collective group. Equally important is our dedication and commitment to promote bonds of reconciliation and durable peace in the country," the Commander said.
He also spelt out his intention of further elevating the qualitative standards of training institutes to match with international standards and implement more welfare measures for the troops.
"Likewise, I expect to bring more and more welfare measures closer to the hearts of all. To perform our duties better, it is important for us to be more active in our services with reinvigorated mental disposition," the Commander of the Army underlined.
A series of multi-faith religious programs were conducted by the Army preceding the main anniversary ceremony today.
Taking on a new role in the post war rebuilding process, Sri Lanka Army has been involved extensively in the development of the country particularly in the reconciliation and development drive of the North and East. In addition, the army troops 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.