The Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) proudly marked its 140th year under the auspices of the SLAVF Commandant Maj. Gen. Sampath Kotuwegoda recently at the SLAVF Headquarters in Salawa, Kosgama.
The Volunteer movement in the country which began on 01 April 1881 evolved into a formidable force and has engaged in the Boer War in 1899-1902, World War I and World War II and defence of the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty in a commendable manner.
The SLAVF with a total of 84 Volunteer Battalions deployed island wide at present is the second largest force of the Sri Lanka Army with over 55,000 soldiers who actively engaged in the battles fought against terrorism.
The Commandant offered floral tributes to the SLAVF’s gallant war heroes who made the supreme sacrifice on country's behalf.
The milestone celebrations were underway giving pride of place to religious observances including all-night 'Pirith' chanting ceremony, military formalities and collective civil-military projects.