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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2339

Government will execute its responsibility to strengthen security forces – President

Colombo, 01 February, (Asiantribune.com):

“The government will extend its highest respect to the security forces; army, navy, air force and the police and will execute its responsibility to strengthen them to help to win their future challenges, gratefully remembering their commitment made through many a sacrifice during the period of conflict”, says President Maithripala Sirisena.

The President made these remarks at a ceremony held today (Jan. 30) at the Sinha Regiment in Ambepussa to award of the first-ever President’s Truncheon and the Regimental Truncheon to Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR).

This novel and the history-making presentation of the President’s Truncheon, equivalent to that of an honorary ‘Colour’ and a unique emblem upon which soldiers swear allegiance to the Regiment and the State, further recognizes and would serve a fitting tribute to SLSR soldiers’ unparalleled achievements, exemplary valour, gallantry, dedication and commitment to the cause, and more distinctively, its War Heroes’ unmatched supreme sacrifices in the battlefields.

The SLSR, having seen its birth as a Rifle Regiment on 1 October 1956 at Diyatalawa Imperial Camp, to be identical with the ‘Green Jacket’ regiment of the Queen’s British Army, has not been considered for award of Colours, to be in line with age-old inherent British military traditions which do not advocate awarding of Colours to ‘Rifle Regiments’, more popularly, identified as ‘Green Jacket’ regiments.

Even as of today, the two Rifle Regiments in the British Army, The Rifles and the Royal Gurkha Rifles carry their battle honours on their drums while the Royal Green Jackets also had theirs inscribed on their cap badge. However, this tradition is maintained by The Rifles, who wear the Maltese Cross badge of the Royal Green Jackets, inscribed with the regimental honors as the belt badge. In place of a Regimental Colour, the Gurkhas carry the Queen’s Truncheon.

The ceremony commenced with the arrival of Chief Guest, President Maithripala Srisena, who was warmly received by the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva and Major General Boniface Perera, Colonel of the Regiment – SLSR, at the entrance to the main venue for the event.

A drive-past Guard Turnout saluted the Chief Guest soon after his entry to the Regimental Headquarters premises in accordance with military formalities.

Next, was the peak of the ceremony where the President read out the official proclamation and reasons attributable for award of the Truncheon to the SLSR. President in his special proclamation to the occasion reminded the gathering of numerous and invaluable sacrifices of Sinha Regiment troops for defence of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country.

Having received it, Major General Boniface Perera, Colonel of the Regiment, SLSR in response publicly pledged his allegiance to the Truncheon and its associated respect, formalities and recognition at all times.

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Ruwan Wijewardene, State Minister of Defence, Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Secretary Defence, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army and distinguished invitees eagerly watched the proceedings since no other precedent did exist in the Army’s history.

- Asian Tribune -

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