Oct 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army, established in 1949 in post-Independence Ceylon, marks its 70th anniversary today with a series of military formalities.
Issuing a statement to commemorate the occasion, Sri Lanka Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said the Sri Lanka Army in the past 70 years as the dignified Defender of the Nation fulfilled an arduous role amid numerous challenges and threats against the country and the people and is still performing an immense task for protection of the people in society.
"Because of those sacrifices, we have been able to enjoy today's spirits of independence and freedom," Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said.
He said the pioneering service rendered by Army personnel without any hesitation at the expense of their lives has largely contributed to the prevailing sustainable peace and reconciliation in the country.
The Army Commander noted that in the same manner the Army has immensely assisted to restore normalcy as early as possible when national disasters, emergencies and natural catastrophes, etc struck.
"The responsibility for protection of future security and the country's territorial integrity lies with Army personnel both today and tomorrow," he said.