HE President awards gallantry medals to War Heroes
His Excellency the President and Commander in
Chief of the Armed Forces Mahinda Rajapaksa awarded the prestigious
Gallantry Medals, Weera Wickrama Vibhushanaya (WWV) and Rana
Wickrema Padakkama (RWP) to war heroes for their unwavering
commitment, dedication, valour and sacrifice during the Humanitarian
Operations in the North and East at a ceremonial function held at
the Temple Trees on 15th July.
Out of the 19,158 security forces personnel
eligible for the gallantry medals a total of 216 war heroes of the
tri forces were presented with the medals at the symbolic
investiture ceremony held yesterday. 147 Army 43 Navy and 26 Air
Force officers and other ranks were honoured with Gallantry Medals
at the ceremony. The remaining number of recipients will be awarded
with the medals in regimental ceremonies later.
HE the President first pinned the medals on the
service forces commanders. The gallantry medals include 156 Weera
Wickrama Vibhushanaya (WWV) medals, 2232 Rana Wickrema Padakkama (RWP)
medals and 16,770 Rana Sura Padakkama (RSP) medals.
Prime Minister Hon D. M Jayaratne, Secretary
Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, officials of
the Ministry of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Tri-services
Commanders, Inspector General of the Police, Chiefs of Staff of the
Army, Navy and Air Force, Chairperson of the Ranaviru Seva Authority
Chairperson, state officials, tri-service senior officers, next of
kin of fallen War Heroes and a large number of distinguish invitees
were present at the occasion.