Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force proudly celebrated its 136th Anniversary at the Headquarters premises in Salawa Kosgama today under the auspices of the Commandant Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force Major General Boniface Perera. A large gathering of senior Officers including Deputy Commandant, Principal Staff Officer, heads of the Branches invitee Officers and the Staff of the headquarters of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force joined the events of the 136th Anniversary.
The main religious ceremony was commenced with All Night Pirith chanting programme on 31 March 2017 which was followed by offering of Alms to Maha Sangha invoking blessings on all those who laid down their lives for the Motherland, wounded in action, all those serving in the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force and the ex-servicemen of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force.
Coincide with the main religious event, the staff of the headquarters involved in a series of social welfare programmes including cleaning activities at government hospital Kosgama and Sandesewana Home for Elders in Hanwella on 30 March 2017. Further, the residents at Sandesewana Home for Elders were given with meals and presented them with gift packs. The 136th Anniversary Day programme concluded with customary All Ranks lunch conducted at the headquarters premises on 01 April 2017.
Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force accomplishing its unwavering duty and service to the motherland over its proud history reached its 136th milestone on 01 April 2017. The Volunteer movement in the country which was commenced on 01 April 1881 under the stewardship of Lieutenant Colonel John Scott Armitage, has been evolved into a great force of the country contributing its service to the Nation in diverse fields of discipline.