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Army commences anniversary celebrations with religious ceremonies

Army commences anniversary celebrations with religious ceremonies

[October 02 2018]

The Sri Lanka Army will be celebrating its 69th anniversary on 10th October (2018). Giving prominence to religious observances the Army has commenced a series of multi religious flag blessing ceremonies as a precursor to its anniversary celebrations.

According to Army media, the initial ceremony was conducted at the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth), in Kandy on 28th September. A Bodhi Pooja and an alms giving was conducted during the ceremony.

 Another ceremony was held at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya in Anuradhapura on Monday (01 October). Both ceremonies were held under the presence of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake.

The Christian ceremony is to be held today (02 October) at the All Saints' Church in Borella while the Islamic ceremony will be conducted at the Jummah Masjidh in Colpetty on Wednesday (03) which will be followed by the Hindu ceremony at the Sri PonnambalamVaneshwarar Kovil in Kotahena on Thursday (04).

The Sri Lanka Army was formed in October 1949 and is comprised of 24 regiments at present. It successfully led the war to wipe out the scourge of terrorism that had plagued the nation for three decades. Since the end of the humanitarian operations in 2009 the Army is actively engaged in the nation-building development projects putting its expertise, man and machine to achieve national goals


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