Army celebrates 65th anniversary
The ceremony to mark the Sri Lanka Army's 65th anniversary and Army
Day which was held at the Ground of the Ministry of Defence included a
parade and a flag-hoisting tribute to fallen war heroes. Thereafter, a
visit to the Ragama Ranaviru Sevana and an all-rank tea party was held.
An all-night Pirith chanting ceremony at Panagoda Bodhirajaramaya was
held on October 10 night followed by an alms-giving the following
The traditional flag blessing ceremonies were held at Buddhist,
Muslim, Christian and Hindu religious places before Army Day. It was
symbolically the Army being blessed by all religions.
Founded in 1949 as the ‘Ceylon Army’, but changed to Sri Lanka Army
in 1972 after Ceylon became a Republic.
Today, comprising 25 Regiments, the Sri Lanka Army with its
multi-faceted development-oriented nation-building roles, has emerged as
the most effective and visibly result-oriented organisation in the
country while performing commendable community services in every corner
of the island, majority of which are in the terrorism-affected North and