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THE MES­SAGE OF THE COM­MAN­DER OF THE ARMY ON THE 71st AN­NIVER­SARY OF THE SRI LANKA ARMY

- LIEU­TENANT GEN­ERAL SHAVEN­DRA SILVA WWV RWP RSP VSV USP NDC PSC CHIEF OF DE­FENCE STAFF & COM­MAN­DER OF THE ARMY Politics · Gotabaya Rajapaksa · Mahinda Rajapaksa · Sri Lanka · United Nations · Sri Lankan Army

THE SRI LANKA ARMY; THE ‘DE­FENDER OF THE NA­TION AND ITS PEO­PLE’ TO­DAY, PASSES THE 71ST MILE­STONE OF ITS VIC­TO­RI­OUS JOUR­NEY IN SAFE­GUARD­ING THE UNITY, SOVEREIGNT­Y AND TER­RI­TO­RIAL IN­TEGRITY OF OUR MOTH­ER­LAND. AT THIS HIS­TOR­I­CAL MOMENT, I, AS THE 23RD COM­MAN­DER OF THE ARMY, TAKE PRIDE IN PASS­ING THIS CON­GRAT­U­LA­TORY MES­SAGE WITH BEST WISHES.

I pay my re­spect for the past Army Com­man­ders, serv­ing and re­tired All Ranks and Civi­lan Staff for their re­lent­less con­tri­bu­tion dur­ing the leg­endary jour­ney of the Army since 10th Oc­to­ber 1949. In ad­di­tion, my tribute goes to their beloved fam­ily mem­bers for the great sac­ri­fice at their home front.

At this mem­o­rable moment, I ex­tend my pro­found grat­i­tude to His Ex­cel­lency Gotabaya Ra­japaksa, the 7th Ex­ec­u­tive Pres­i­dent of the Demo­cratic So­cial­ist Re­pub­lic of Sri Lanka and the Com­man­der-in-chief of Armed Forces, Hon­ourable Mahinda Ra­japaksa, the 5th Ex­ec­u­tive Pres­i­dent of the Demo­cratic So­cial­ist Re­pub­lic of Sri Lanka and the present Prime Min­is­ter, and Ma­jor Gen­eral( Retd)GDHKa mal Gu­nar at ne WWV RWP RSP USP ndc psc Mphil, the Sec­re­tary De­fence for the lead­er­ship, di­rec­tion and in­sight ren­dered for the ad­vance­ment of the Army.

Since its in­cep­tion, the Army has been the fron­tier force in safe­guard­ing the moth­er­land from mul­ti­fac­eted threats, chal­lenges, and vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties. I place my grat­i­tude upon the com­mit­ment of the Army dur­ing the re­cent mishaps, es­pe­cially dur­ing the novel threat of COVID 19 pan­demic. The self­less con­tri­bu­tions made by the Army per­son­nel in the face of dan­ger to their own lives are val­ued by the en­tire na­tion as well as the Sri Lankans abroad. Our great peo­ple who en­dured the dif­fi­cul­ties in sup­port of the Army to curb the deadly pan­demic also de­serve sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

The Army per­son­nel need to ac­quire fur­ther tac­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal com­pe­ten­cies in ev­ery rel­e­vant field and de­velop a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude in the fu­ture jour­ney. In or­der to be abreast with mod­ern tech­nolo­gies, nec­es­sary trans­for­ma­tions in sys­tems, con­cepts, and train­ing are un­der­way to make the mem­bers ef­fec­tive, ef­fi­cient, and com­pe­tent.

As a re­spon­si­ble Armed Force, it is our prime duty to part­ner for en­abling a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for eco­nomic, so­cial and cul­tural ad­vance­ment as a na­tion. There­fore, I ex­pect all mem­bers of the Sri Lanka Army will ac­tively and ef­fec­tively con­trib­ute to the Army - ini­ti­ated projects and pro­grammes in­clud­ing ‘Thuru Mithuru Nawa Ratak’which is aimed at pros­per­ing the na­tion through agri­cul­ture.

The Army has been a legend in the field of sports with the vic­to­ries achieved dur­ing the past 71 years, and new ini­tia­tives are un­der­way to up­lift the sports fa­cil­i­ties and pro­vide nec­es­sary back­ing by shar­ing sports fa­cil­i­ties of the Army with all sports­men and women in­clud­ing civil­ians and school chil­dren.

As of to­day, the Sri Lanka Army has taken a new ap­proach fo­cus­ing on ‘Pro­tec­tion and De­vel­op­ment of the Coun­try, Pro­tec­tion of Cit­i­zenry of the Coun­try, De­vel­op­ment of Sri Lanka Army and well­be­ing of the Mem­ber Com­mu­nity. ’Fur­ther, un­der the di­rec­tion of His Ex­cel­lency the Pres­i­dent and to be abreast with the gov­ern­ment’s poli­cies, pro­grammes and ini­tia­tives are in place to up­lift the ba­sic needs of the serv­ing mem­bers and to en­sure the well-be­ing of the dif­fer­ently-able war he­roes, re­tired mem­bers and fam­i­lies of Fallen War He­roes.

I pray for all Great Fallen War He­roes of the Army may at­tain the supreme bliss of Nib­bana and wish a quick re­cov­ery for the mem­bers in­jured dur­ing the tour of duty. I ex­tend my best wishes to the serv­ing and re­tired All Ranks, troops de­ployed in UN Peace­keep­ing Mis­sions and Civil Staff, and may all their fam­ily mem­bers pros­per with good health, wealth, and hap­pi­ness in fu­ture.

Fi­nally, I once again pay my pro­found grat­i­tude for the ex­em­plary ef­forts taken by all mem­bers to pro­mote co-ex­is­tence and har­mony among the com­mu­ni­ties, with an earnest as­pi­ra­tion that All Ranks and Civil Staff of the Army would con­tinue to ren­der their ser­vice as the ‘De­fender of the Na­tion and its Peo­ple’ in fu­ture en­deav­ours.

As of to­day, the Sri Lanka Army has taken a new ap­proach fo­cus­ing on ‘Pro­tec­tion and De­vel­op­ment of the Coun­try, Pro­tec­tion of Cit­i­zenry of the Coun­try, De­vel­op­ment of Sri Lanka Army and well­be­ing of the Mem­ber Com­mu­nity.’ Fur­ther, un­der the di­rec­tion of His Ex­cel­lency the Pres­i­dent and to be abreast with the gov­ern­ment’s poli­cies, pro­grammes and ini­tia­tives are in place to up­lift the ba­sic needs of the serv­ing mem­bers and to en­sure the well-be­ing of the dif­fer­ently - able war he­roes, re­tired mem­bers and fam­i­lies of Fallen War He­roes.

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