SLESA to get permanent building

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

He said a plot of land, comprising 175 perches, has been earmarked for this purpose and Government funds will not be used.

General Gunaratne was the Chief Guest at the 78th Anniversary Celebration of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association (SLESA)  which was held at the Eagles’ Lakeside Banquet and Convention Hall in Attidiya, yesterday.

The Defence Secretary also recalled the deceased and differently-able war veterans and their noble services rendered to safeguard the motherland during the three-decad-long battle.

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

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

Thus, he requested the ex-servicemen to encourage young servicemen to perform their duties and protect the motherland.

The Defence Secretary pinned ‘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.