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State Minister attends NCC annual Herman Loos camp

State Minister attends NCC annual Herman Loos camp

[October 23 2018]

The annual Hermann Loos Trophy Camp of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) was held at the NCC Training Camp in Rantambe, today (23 October). State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene graced the occasion as the chief guest.

The chief guest was received by the Director of the NCC, Major General MMS Perera upon his arrival at the venue. A Guard of Honour was also accorded to the State Minister by the Cadets.

The 101st annual camp of the NCC was attended by 55 Cadet Platoons and 2 Bands from school around the country. A total 575 Cadets and 68 foreign Cadet attended the camp this year.

Speaking at the occasion State Minister Wijewardene said that, the contribution of the NCC in turning out citizens full of good values, discipline and courage to face difficult situations over the course of a century is undeniable and we owe our gratitude to it in this regard. Many War Heroes who immensely contributed towards the elimination of terrorism which had plagued the nation for three decades had been Cadets during their school days while there are many other who are prominent in other fields. He reminded those present that the President was also Cadet during his younger days.

He stressed the importance to encourage the children to involve in extracurricular activities and said that the exam based education alone is not sufficient to take the country in the path of development.

About 125,000 children obtain Cadet training annually and on a concept initiated by me a provincial level Assessment Camp for Junior Cadets was introduced under the guidance of the State Ministry of Defence, he revealed.

He said that both the President and the Prime Minister have paid special attention to develop the Cadet movement and their constant guidance and support is always forthcoming in this regard.

The State Minister also appreciated the participation of Cadets and Offices from regional countries at this Camp and said that this helps to enhance friendship and cooperation between countries. Before winding up his speech State Minister Wijewardene requested the young Cadets to show more enthusiasm in Cadetting like they would for other subjects in order to successfully face future challenges.

The Hermann Loos Championship Trophy was won by the Army Platoon of St. Sylvester's College, Kandy which also won the third place (Navy Platoon). De Mazenod College, Kandana won the second place.

Soon after the end of the day’s proceedings the State Minister visited the Training Camp premises to declare open a new Cadet Mess building and a water treatment facility.

Secretary to the State Ministry of Defence, Mr. Sunil Samarweera, senior Ministry officials, school principals, teachers and parents of Cadets were also present to witness the colourful ceremony held this morning.


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