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Veterans lauded on National War Heroes’ Day

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Honouring the war heroes who remain incapacitated due to serious injuries sustained in the defence of the country, Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander Gen. Shavendra Silva, together with his spouse, called on veterans still under rehabilitation at the “Mihindu Seth Medusa” (MSM) resort at Attidya on “Victory Day” (18 May), also called National War Heroes’ Day.  The occasion saw 40 injured war heroes under treatment at this wellness resort, equipped with all therapeutic equipment, being visited by Gen. Silva and Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) President Sujeewa Nelson at their wards to interact with them on this memorable day. Both Gen. Silva and Nelson shared a few thoughts and distributed gift parcels, inclusive of bed-linen, toiletries, and other essentials among all of them and spoke of their achievements. Afterwards, the ASVU President, the day’s Chief Guest, sat together with the veterans to share a few thoughts.  “I myself being a soldier who has sustained injuries in the war would do everything possible to take care of the remainder of your valuable life. You had to be away from home for treatment in a wellness resort like this even today because of your duty, commitment, dedication, and discipline, as well as your skills, shown in the battlefield on a day like today.  “On behalf of all past commanders, war heroes, and all ranks, let me convey my best wishes to you for your speedy recovery. Although all wounded soldiers are not like you, they are also still living with scars of wounds, like myself,” Gen. Silva told the veterans in a brief speech. “Contrary to some allegations being spread, it was the Army who, in less than 24 hours after violent incidents sparked, went to the locations and brought the situation under control without letting it escalate. We are always prepared to take up the challenges when the security of the people and the country is at stake,” the Commander said. “We will do everything in our capacity to take care of you, and we treasure what you have done for the country. We in the Army have always come to the fore in defence of our people and the country all the time. It was so in the past and it will continue to be so, as we have witnessed in the most recent past too.  “Likewise, heroic tri-services and the Police dedicatedly worked to protect the people from Covid-19 epidemic, which was unknown to everyone, and we succeeded in controlling it. I wish you speedy recovery and best wishes for your well-being,” Gen. Silva told the veterans. Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Vikum Liyanage, Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Swarna Bothota, Army Logistics Commander Maj. Gen. Indu Samarakoon, Mihindu Seth Medura Commandant Col. Priyantha Liyanage, senior officers, and other ranks participated in the brief event.  

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