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Plans afoot to set up permanent office for ex-servicemen

Plans are afoot to set up a fully-fledged permanent office building for the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association (SLESA) within the Defence Headquarters premises, Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne said.

Accordingly, a plot of land of 175 perches has been earmarked for this purpose, he said, mentioning that government funds will not be used for this.

Defence Secretary General Gunaratne was the chief guest at the 78th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association which was held at Eagles’ Lakeside Banquet and Convention Hall in Attidiya, recently.

During his address, the Defence Secretary also recalled the deceased and differently-abled war veterans and their noble services rendered to safeguard the motherland during the three-decade-long battle.

“As we practised in the recent past, we also look forward to enriching SLESA and its services along with the guidance of the current President,” he also pledged.

Referring to the recent struggle and protests, he said it is saddening to see the disseminating of disgraceful video footage undermining the noble service of young servicemen, under the guise of democracy.

He requested the ex-servicemen to encourage young servicemen to perform their duties and protect the motherland.

The Defence Secretary pinned the ‘Gavurawanvitha Sewa Medal’ (Honorary Service Medal) on several SLESA members during the programme and also handed over a few books authored by him to SLESA, as a symbolic gesture.

The welcome address was made by SLESA President Maj. Gen. Upul Perera. Life membership was presented to selected SLESA members.

Signifying the improvements over the period, the progress report of the SLESA was also presented to the audience by SLESA President Maj. Gen. Perera.

Established in 1944, the SLESA has developed to a remarkable position as of today with over 45,000 members from the 48 affiliated Armed Forces Associations.

SLESA Secretary General Lt. Col. Ajith Siyambalapitiya (Retd) delivered the vote of thanks.

Army Commander Lt. Gen. Vikum Liyanage, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, former Tri-Forces Commanders, Military Liaison Officer of the Defence Ministry Maj. Gen. Dinesh Nanayakkara and SLESA Secretary General Lt. Col. Ajith Siyambalapitiya (Retd) were also present.


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