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Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) celebrates 135th Anniversary

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 Volunteers "

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.

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