'Men of the Armoured Corps had made many sacrifices for the country'
- Major Gen. Chandrasiri
Forces Commander North and Colonel Commandant of the Armoured Corps
Major Gen G. A. Chandrasiri Tuesday said that the officers and men of
the Armoured Corps have made many sacrifices to defend the territorial
integrity and the sovereignty of the country.
He was addressing the officers and men of the Armoured
Corps at an investiture ceremony held at Rock House camp to award
gallantry medals to four soldiers of whom three had fought valiantly in
re-capturing lost territory from the LTTE in Pallai in the year 2000.
Having joined the army as privates, all three of them
had served most part of their career in operational areas.
The General said that the soldiers of the regiment
have fought gallantly in the battle inflicting maximum damage on the
enemy. Their capabilities and experience have been an asset on the
Jaffna, Welioya fronts and they had proved their metal in the battle
against the terrorists to liberate the East.
"During the last few years officers and men of the
Armoured Corps have been awarded over 100 medals for acts of bravery. This is ample
testimony to their determination, spirit and fighting skills," he said.
He told the soldiers that it's their fortune to serve
their country and discharge their responsibility towards their
He saluted the fallen heroes who have made the supreme
sacrifice for their motherland and the officers and men who have been
maimed or injured in the war and their families who have contributed a
lot by making a lot of sacrifices.
They were awarded the Rana Soora Padakkama (RSP).
The recipients of yesterday's awards were Capt D. C.
M. Disanayake, Capt. Saman Meegastenne and Lt. Kapila Jayantha Adihetty.
Corp H. M. Navaratne was awarded the Rana Soora Padakkama posthumously,
for having fought bravely when Tiger cadres were attacking the troops
and were staging a tactical withdrawal in Manmunai in the year 2000.
Courtesy: The Island