Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) celebrates 135th Anniversary
The Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF)
commemorates its 135th birth anniversary. A week long commemorative
programmes, beginning from March 28 have been organized in this regard.
On founder's day today (01st April), the anniversary
programme gathers greater significance with military component joining
the series of commemorative arrangements. The maiden SLAVF volume, 'Ranawaruna',
which documents the history of the SLAVF which has rendered an
invaluable service to the nation, will be released. An island-wide tree
planting campaign where each SLAVF unit will plant 135 tree saplings
within their respective premises will also be undertaken. In addition
shramadana campaingns and other community welfare programmes have also
been planned to be carried out under the anniversary celebrations.
The Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) is the
principal and Volunteer reserve force component of the Sri Lanka Army.
It is a collective name for the reserve units and the Sri Lanka National
Guard of the Sri Lankan Army.
The origin of the volunteer movement was in 1861 when
the then Governor wrote to the War Office for forming of such a
movement. The Volunteer movement grew out of a civilian riffle club and
was broad - based for infantry soldering by a proclamation issued by the
Lieutenant Governor (Sir John Douglas KCMG) in the Government Gazette of
01 Apr 1881 authorizing the formation of " The Ceylon Light Infantry
With the proclamation of the Republic of Sri Lanka on
22nd May 1972 the Ceylon Volunteer Force became to be known as the Sri
Lanka Army Volunteer Force.
The SLAVF with more than 2,000 officers and 60,000
other rankers comprises of a large gathering of highly skilled and
recognized professionals and tradesmen who are engaged in national
security duties and rebuilding of the country's infrastructure.