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State Minister graces SLMA Passing Out Parade

State Minister graces SLMA Passing Out Parade

[June 18 2017]

State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene graced the Passing Out Parade as the Chief Guest of the Officer Cadets of Regular Intake 83 and the Volunteer Intake 57, held at the Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA) in Diyatalawa today (17th Saturday, June 2016).

On arrival at venue the State Minister Wijewardene made a floral tribute at the SLMA war memorial.

Subsequently, he took the salute at the invitation of the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crisanthe De Silva.

Speaking at the occasion, State Minister Wijewardane commended the services rendered by the Army in the past. He offered his honor and salutation to the war heroes who sacrificed their lives and limbs to protect the nation. He reminded the cadets to, always keep in mind the sacrifices made by the War Heroes in the past and take inspiration from them when facing future challenges.

Further, he said that, as newly Commissioned Officers always protect the pride of the army and serve the motherland with your whole heart. He also applauded the service provided by army during disasters. He said that, government is always focusing on strengthening national security under the directions of the President as the Defence Minister. National security is always important for reconciliation, he highlighted.

A total of 60 Officer Cadets, 36 Officer Cadet of the Regular Intake 83 and 24 Officer Cadet of the (Volunteer) Intake 57 got Commissioned today as they received the ornamental Commissioning Swords from the State Minister.

State Minister Wijewardene also attended the final presentation of the pass out cadets, which was held under the theme of 'Recurrence and intensity of natural disasters has a devastating impact on world peace and security; role of Armoured Forces' on Friday (16th June).

SLMA Commandant, senior tri forces officers, distinguished guests and family members of newly commissioned officers were present at the occasion.


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