Gen. GSC Fonseka elevated to the rank of 'Field Marshal'
General Sarath Fonseka was elevated to the rank of
Field Marshal under the patronage of the President Maithripala
Sirisena in a fascinating military function held at the Defence
Ministry premises short while ago (22nd Mar). He is the first Sri
Lankan to be honoured with the highest rank in the Army.
The entire function replete with military
traditions which awarded the highest Army rank has turned a new page
in the annals of the country today.
A prearranged video documentary on the General
Fonseka was screened at the outset of the function. Following to the
announcement of the Citation by the Secretary to the Ministry of
Defence Mr. BMUD Basnayake, President Maithripala Sirisena presented
the Field Marshal baton to the General GSC Fonseka ceremonially. In
the meantime, Field Marshal Flag was also hoisted to mark the
conferment of the rank.
Speaking at the event President Sirisena recalled
on the heroic deeds of the valiant war heroes those who brought
eternal peace to the country. Further praising the unswerving
military leadership of the Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, President
also recalled on the heroic ancient Sri Lankan kings those who
brought immense credit in the past. President said that, our nation
with its proud history records many heroic, gallant and unparalleled
victorious achievements. Among them were internal conflicts as well
as external invasions. All Sri Lankans during those challenges
fearlessly stood together, showing patriotism and bravery by setting
an example to the rest of the world, he added.
President lauded on the timely and the correct
application of his expertise knowledge and military skills during
the humanitarian operation. In concluding President noted that, "we
should construct the future while taking the past as an example".
Field Marshal Fonseka's triumphant military career
spanned for almost four decades has immensely contributed to the Sri
Lanka war against the LTTE terrorists. Under his go-getting command,
Army conducted a victorious battle against the ruthless LTTE
terrorists in Sri Lankan war while operating its troops successfully to
liberate North and East regions in 2009.
The significant conquests achieved by the Sri
Lankan Army during this war under the proactive military leadership
of Field Marshal Fonseka convinced the entire nation a new sense of
confidence on him and accordingly his service was also came under
the praise of the populace.
During the peak of the battle and all through the
humanitarian operation he played the integral role to conclude the
three decade long Sri Lankan war in 2009 while defeating the cruel
He was elevated to the rank of General immediately
following to the victory of Sri Lankan Armed Forces and also
appointed as Chief of Defence Staff. On receipt of the retirement he
entered politics as the common opposition candidate in the 2010
Presidential election and also contested against the former
This esteemed rank of 'Field Marshal' is a Five-Star rank
which is equivalent to an 'Admiral of the Fleet' in the Navy and
'Marshal of the Air Force' in the Air Force. Field Marshal would
remain in service in uniform for life and would bear the special
baton in the left hand. He is entitling for a separate staff with
Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, Chief
Justice, Defence State Minister, Government Ministers, Secretary to
the President, Defence State Secretary, Secretaries of the
Ministries, Chief of Defence Staff, Tri Forces Commanders, Foreign
Diplomats and a large gathering of distinguished invitees were
present at the ceremonial function.