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LIST OF SUB COMMITTEES PUBLISHED BY SLESA FOR YEAR 2018/2019

ශ්‍රීලසේමුභස විසින් 2018/2019 වසර වෙනුවෙන් ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කරන ලද අනු කමිටු නාමලේඛණය

සන්නද්ධ හමුදා අණුස්මරණ පොපි කමිටුව
විගණන කමිටුව
වෘත්තීය මාර්ගෝපදේශ කමිටුව
රණවිරු ස්මාරක සංවර්ධන කමිටුව
අයවැය හා මුල්‍ය කමිටුව
තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ කමිටුව
නිවාස හා ඉඩම් කමිටුව
පුස්ථකාල කමිටුව
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වෛද්‍යාධාර දීමනා කමිටුව
සාමාජිකත්වය ඇගයීම් කමිටුව
සාමාජිකත්ව සුභසාධන කමිටුව
ප්‍රතිපත්ති සැළසුම් කමිටුව
මිළදී ගැනීම් කමිටුව
නීති කමිටුව
ශීෂ්‍යත්ව ආධාර දීමනා කමිටුව
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සුභසාධක දීමනා කමිටුව

65th ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL - SRI LANKA EX-SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATION

Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association held its 65th Annual Convention at the “Admiral Somathilaka Dissanayaka’ Auditorium, Sri Lanka Naval Headquarters, Chaitya Rd, Colombo 01 on Sunday 20th May 2018.

After the presentation of the Annual report and the audited budget 2017 to the membership, the main event of the day i.e. election of Office bearers started. This year there was keen contest for the posts of President, Secretary General & two vice Presidents.

Brigadier KA Gnanaweera was re- elected as the President for the 5th successive year and Lt Col SAK Siyambalapitiya elected as the new Secretary General. Two new Vice Presidents also were elected; Maj Gen E M M Ambanpola representing all Army Associations and Rear Admiral Shemal Fernando representing all the Naval Associations. Wing Commander KMS Wijenayake was returned uncontested for the post of Vice President representing all Air Force Associations and Lt Col D M Amarakoon was re-elected without a contest as Hony Treasurer.

The list of Office bearers for the year 2018/2019 are as follows:

PRESIDENT - Brigadier KA Gnanaweera USP te

HONY. SECRETARY - Lt Col A K Siyambalapitiya

HONY. TREASURER - Lt Col DM Amarakoon KSV

VICE PRESIDENT(Army) - Maj Gen E M M Ambanpola

VICE PRESIDENT(Navy) - Rear Admiral Shemal Fernando

VICE PRESIDENT(Air Force)- Wing Commander KMS Wijenayaka

The election was held under the supervision of the Pro-tem Chairman Admiral Daya Sandagiri. Maj Gen Upul Perera as the Chairman of the Election Committee conducted the election methodically and successfully with the support of the rest of his committee members. About 500 members participated at this annual event. After enjoying the fellowship and lunch Members dispersed away happily.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SINHALA & TAMIL NEWS YEAR FESTIVAL AT VETERANS HOME - 20.04.2018

2018.04.20 දින බෝලගල ප්‍රවීණ රණවිරු නිවාසයේ පැවති සිංහල හා දෙමළ අළුත් අවුරුදු උත්සවයේ විශේෂ අවස්ථා

නාවික හමුදා විශ්‍රාමිකයින්ගෙන් නව සංගමයක්

ශ්‍රී ලංකා නාවික හමුදා විශ්‍රාමිකයින් විසින් ප්‍රවීණ නාවික යාත්‍රික සංගමය නමින් නව සංගමයක් පසුගියදා පිහිටුවා ගන්නා ලදී. මෙය සේවා මුක්ත භට සංගමයට අනුබද්ධිත 47 වන සංගමය වේ. නාවික හමුදාවේ විශේෂඥතාවයකින් යුතු යාත්‍රිකයින් ඒකරාශි කර ඔවුන් පිළිගැනීමට ලක්කිරීම, සාමාජිකයින්ගේ සුභසාධන කටයුතු ඉටු කිරීම, විශ්‍රාමික ප්‍රවීණ යාත්‍රිකයින් ඵලදායි වෘත්තීන් වෙත යොමු කිරීම සංගමය පිහිටුවීමේ ප්‍රධාන හා මූලික අරමුණු වශයෙන් සදහන් කර ඇත. නාවික හමුදාවේ නිත්‍ය, ස්වේච්ඡා හා උප සේවා හමුදාවන්හි සේවය කළ යාත්‍රිකයින් සියලු දෙනාටම මෙම සංගමයේ සාමාජිකත්වය ලබාගත හැක.

නාවික හමුදාපති තුමා සංගමයේ ප්‍රධාන අනුශාසක ධූරය හොබවන අතර පහත සදහන් නිලධාරී මණ්ඩලය ඉදිරි වසර 3 සදහා තෝරා පත්කර ගන්නා ලදී.

ASSOCIATION OF EX-NAVAL SEAFARERS AFFILIATED TO SLESA- 01.12.2018

OFFICE BEARERS OF THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED ASSOCIATION OF VETERANS NAVAL SEAFARERS ARE AS FOLLOWS

CHIEF PATRON - Commander of the Navy

VICE PATRON - Admiral HSC Tissera, Rear Admiral J Jayasuriya, Captain WPJS Jayasinghe

PRESIDENT - Commodore SPF Wijeratne

HONY. SECRETARY - Mr. B A A P Nandasena

VICE PRESIDENT - Vice Admiral TMMJ Mendis, Commodore T. Kannangara, Mr. KA Ratnatunga

ASSISTANT SECRETARY - Mr. Palihakkara

HONY. TREASURER - Mr. WJU Silva

ASSISTANT TREASURER - Lt. KA Wickramaratne

COMMITTEE MEMBERS - Rear Admiral SR Samarathunga, Commander TD Weerasinghe, Lieutenant Commander MV, Nandakirthi, Lt. Commander V. V. Peiris, Lieutenant MS Murugesu, Mr. JP Henry, Mr. LFF Fernando, MA Wijesuriya

REMEMBRANCE DAY- 2017- 11.11.2017

“Peace and re-conciliation are essential for the development and prosperity of the country”, said the Chief Guest Hon. Speaker of Parliament Deshamannya Karu Jayasooriya speaking at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration held at Vihara Maha Devi Park Colombo. State Minister of Defence Hon Ruwan Wijayawardena and Secretary of Defence Mr Kapila Waidyaratna too attended the Remembrance Day Ceremony as Guest of Honour.

The ceremony began with the commencement of vigil around the cenotaph followed by two minutes silence in memory of the fallen war heroes and by religious ceremonies of all faiths.

After placing Poppy wreaths at the Cenotaph, launching of the SLESA History Book titled “Foot Prints on the Sands of Time” edited by Captain Patrick Jayasinghe and his team took place by presenting the 1st copy to Hon. Speaker by President SLESA Brigadier K A Gnanaweera.

On the Invitation of President SLESA Hon. Speaker awarded specially designed medal titled ‘Gaurawanvitha Seva Medal’ to few members representing Army, Navy and Air Force, who have rendered yeoman service to the Association.

GAJABA POPPY WALK - ANURADHAPURA- 21.10.2017

Sri Lanka Army Gajaba Veterans Associationconducted its Annual Poppy Walk on Saturday 21st October 2017 in Anuradhapura. The event which was organized by the President and members of the Gajaba Veterans Association .

It was a spectacular and colourful event which was guided by the Police pilot car followed by Gajaba Regimental band with members of Gajaba Veterans Association. The walk that started from Police Ground Anuradhapura at 0900 and walked through New town and old town of Anuradhapura.

Brigadier KA Gnanaweera, President SLESA Rear Admiral SR Samarathunga, Hony. Secretary General of SLESA with Lt Col Deepal Subasinghe, President Gajaba Veterans Association and Several Senior retired members attended this event

COLOMBO POPPY WALK - 30.09.2017

Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association conducted its Colombo Poppy Walk on Saturday 30th September 2017. It was a spectacular and colourful event which was guided by the Police pilot car followed by row 0f Classic cars seated with ceremonially dressed veterans. The Walk was headed by the career of the National Flag Major Sisira Godamune followed by the carrier of the SLESA flag Major PH Chiltus. This was followed by the Senior Retired Officers of the Tri Services including the President of SLESA Brigadier K A Gnanaweera, Hony. Secretary General SLESA Rear Admiral S R Samarathunga, Chairman of the Poppy Committee Major General Wasantha Perera

The Army, Navy and the Air Force bands also followed ahead by the contingent of Ex-Servicemen of the Tri Services who marched in unison to the music provided by the Military Bands.

The Walk that started from Galle Face Green proceeded along the streets of Colombo Fort and Pettah and ended at SLESA Headquarters. Brigadier KA Gnanaweera in his speech at the end of the walk thanked the Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Commanders of the Tri Services and the Police and the Media for their assistance given by them and also all the participants.

Poppy Flower Pinned on Secretary Defence- 2017.09.18

A delegation headed by President SLESA met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC, today (18th Monday, September). During the occasion the President SLESA Brigadier K A Gnanaweera, pinned a Poppy Flower on the Secretary

President SLESA was accompanied by Rear Admiral S R Samaratunga(Hony. Secretary General), Lt Col D M Amarakoon (Hony. Treasurer) and Rear Admiral Saman Molligoda (Financial Adisor SLESA).

POPPIES THROUGH MOBITEL SMS

This year general public too will be able to participate in the Poppy Campaign through their Cellphones. SLESA Secretariat requests the members of the general public to make a donation (Cost Rs.150/- or more) through Mobitel M-Cash system using their Mobitel Cellphones. Dial 7111 for details. Pack of Poppies will be delivered to their door step immediately.

START OF BILLIARD AND SNOOKER TOURNAMENT ON SLESA DAY

Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Institute will review the billiards and snooker tournament to commemorate the SLESA Day which falls on 29th Aug 2017. Members can participate in the Billiards and Snooker open tournaments, and winners will be awarded trophies and cash prizes.

POPPIES TO HONOURABLE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

Brigadier KA Gnanaweera, President Sri Lanka Ex-servicemen’s Association leading a group of its members pinned a Poppy Flower on Hon Speaker of Parliament, Mr Karu Jayasuriya on 22nd Aug 2017 in his Chamber. Later several teams of SLESA members pinned Poppies on Hon Ministers and the Members of Parliament who attended the session. Members displaying the poppies on their lapels when attending the sessions in the Parliament was a beautiful and rare scene on TV news that day.

PINNING OF THE POPPY TO COMMANDER OF THE ARMY - 2017.08.16

යුද්ධ හමුදාධිපතිතුමන්ට පොපි මල පැළදවීම - 2017.08.16

PINNING OF THE FIRST POPPY TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT - 2017.08.01

A Ceremony, inaugurating the Remembrance Day and poppy season 2017 was conducted at the Presidential Secretariat on 01st August 2017 with the participation of Hon, Maithripala Sirisena, His Excellency the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Pinning the first poppy to His Excellency President, Brigadier KA Gnanaweera President SLESA, invited His Excellency President to participate as the Chief Guest at the remembrance day parade and poppy ceremony scheduled to be held on 11th November 2017 at the Cenotaph in Viharamaha Devi Park , Colombo

President SLESA was accompanied by Major General Wasantha Perera Chairman Poppy Committee, Rear Admiral SR Samarathunga Honorary Secretary General SLESA, Lt Col D M Amarakoon Honorary Treasurer and Three Vice Presidents Captain KSK Perera, Commander TD Weerasinghe, and Wing Commander K M S Wijenayaka at this simple but dignified ceremony.

SLESA CONFERS HONORARY TITLES

The 64th Annual Convention of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association was held on 30th April 2017 at the Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake Auditorium, Naval Headquarters to elect Principal Office Bearers to the Association for 2017/2018. A special event was the award of Honorary Titles to senior members. Titles of “President Emeritus” and “President Honorius Causa” were conferred to Major General Thilak Paranagama and Capt (N) Patrick Jayasinghe, 2 senior members, respectively, honouring their exceptional services to the Association over a period of more than 15 years.

Capt Anil Bowatte, a senior serving officer of the Sri Lanka Navy, who donated his ancestral home in Kandy to SLESA for the establishment of a Veterans Home in the Hill Country also was felicitated by awarding him the Associate Membership and the Life Membership of the Association. He is the first serving Naval Officer to receive the membership with honours. The President Brig KA Ghanaweera said that this maginous gesture of a senior officer serving the Navy to be emulated. He also requested philanthropists to assist in developing this property.

Hony. Life memberships were awarded to Brig. Ranjan de Silva, Mr KL Bandusena of Sinha Regiment Association and Mr KLS Fernando, Sri Lanka Air Force Ex-Signals Association who have completed more than 10 years of exceptional Service to SLESA.

A New medal known as “Gauravanvitha Seva Padakkama” to be awarded to members who have done exceptional service to the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association also was introduced to the membership. This will be awarded in the near future.

Award of Poppy Crown (පොපි කිරුළ), an annual event, was won by Naval Association for the highest collection of funds during the Poppy season in 2016. Capt (N) Asoka Wijegunawardena, President Naval Association received the Poppy Crown on behalf of his Association for the 2nd successive year. Two staff members at the SLESA Secretariat, Ms Shyama N Ukwattage, the Chief Accountant and Mr Nishantha Uduwaka, the Admin Officer also were felicitated for 25 years of their dedicated service to the Association.

Very senior members of the association, Admiral Basil Gunasekara (former Navy Commander), Major General CJ Abeyratne, Rear Admiral Jerry Jayasuriya, Commander S Devenedra, Major General Suriyabandara, Brigadier HANT Perera and Mr HGP Jayasekere WW II Veteran too graced this occasion.

The following Office Bearers were re-elected with the unanimous decision of the membership

Brigadier KA Gnanaweera - President

Rear Admiral SR Samaratunga - Hony. Secretary General

Lieutenant Colonel D M Amarakoon- Hony. Treasurer

Captain KSK Perera (Army), Commander Thilak Weerasinghe (Navy), and Wing Commander KMS Wijenayake (Air Force) as Vice Presidents

President Brigadier KA Gnanaweera thanking all the invitees and the members for the participation and co-operation invited them to join fellowship and lunch at the end of the convention.

Commander of the Army, Assists Welfare Projects of Ex-Servicemen

With the objective of further promoting welfare benefits to retired tri-service personnel in the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association (SLESA), the Sri Lanka Army on the directions of the Commander of the Army, donated a financial grant of Rs 8 m to the SLESA’s welfare projects by the Adjutant General Branch.

On behalf of the Commander of the Army, the Adjutant General, Major General Shavendra Silva handed over the cheque to this effect to Brigadier (Retd) K.A Gnanaweera, President, SLESA after inviting the latter to the office of the Adjutant General on Monday (3).

The donation follows a discussion the SLESA has had recently with the Commander of the Army, during which issues pertaining to medical needs, requirements of their family members and children of those retirees were taken up, seeking assistance to carry out those obligations..

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ගැමුණු හේවා සේවා මුක්ත භට සංගමයෙන් රණවිරු ප්‍ර‍වීණ නිවාසයට නාම පුවරු පරිත්‍යාගයක්

ශ්‍රී ලංකා සේවා මුක්ත භට සංගමය යටතේ පාලනය කටාන බෝලගල රණවිරු ප්‍රවීණ නිවාසයේ ප්‍රයෝජනය පිණිස විශාල ප්‍රමාණයේ නාමපුවරු 02 ක් පරිත්‍යාග කිරීම ගැමුණු හේවා රෙජිමේන්තු සේවා මුක්ත භට සංගමයේ සභාපති බ්‍රිගේඩියර් හිරාන් හලංගොඩ විසින් පසුගියදා එම නිවාසයේ දී සිදුකරන ලදී.

මෙම පරිත්‍යාගය භාරගැනීම රණවිරු ප්‍රවීන නිවාසයේ නේවාසික කලමණාකරු ලුතිනන් කර්නල් වයි ආර් එම් චන්ද්‍රතිලක විසින් සිදුකරන ලදී

මෙයට අමතරව ගැමුණු හේවා සේවා මුක්ත භට සංගමයේ සාමාජිකයෙකු වන ජේ ඒ ස්පියරින් මහතා විසින් ද තම පෞද්ගලික ධනය වැය කොට විශාල ප්‍රමාණයේ නාමපුවරුවක් රණවිරු නිවාසයට පරිත්‍යාග කිරීමද මේ අවස්ථාවේ සිදුවිය.

YET ANOTHER HOME IN THE CENTRAL HILLS FOR THE VETERANS OF TRI -SERVICES

Captain Anil Bowatte, a serving Naval Officer donated his ancestral Home situated at Kahalla, a picturesque village in Katugastota of Kandy District, with the noble intention of invoking merits to his dear uncle Mr. Ananda Jayasinghe and Mrs. Indralatha Bowatte to Sri Lanka Ex Ex-Servicemen’s Association on 25th February 2017 to provide residential facilities to its members.

A simple ceremony began soon after a series of religious activities concluded with an alms giving to Mahasangha which was organized by the Bowatte family. Capt Bowatte signed and handed over the deeds of the property amidst chanting of Sethpirith by Mahasanga to President SLESA, Brig KA Gnanaweera.

Representing the Commanders of Tri Services, Brig Priyantha Napagoda (Army), Lt Commander Kumara (Navy) and Gp Capt Asoka Warakanga (Air Force) too participated at this important ceremony. President SLESA addressing the gathering thanked Capt Bowatte and his family members for the noble act of donation to SLESA aimed at the welfare of ex-servicemen and women. A cross section of the members of SLESA headed by Hony. Secretary General, the Vice Presidents and Hony Treasurer too attended the ceremony.

OPENING OF THE NEWLY REFURBISHED / RECONSTRUCTED BUILDING COMPLEX AT THE VETERANS’ HOME BY THE COMMANDER OF THE ARMY - 2oth January 2017-NOV-2016

The Commander of the Army Lt General AWJC De Silva opened the building complex refurbished / reconstructed by the Corps of Army Engineer Services on 20th January 2017.

He also opened the Medical Centre for the veterans and the General Sir John Kotalawala Memorial Community Centre.

Brigadier K A Gnanaweera, President Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen Association and Rear Admiral SR Samarathunga, Hony. Secretary General SLESA, Several Senior Officers Of Sri Lanka Army, Past Presidents, Office Bearers and EXCO members were attended the Ceremony

WORLD ELDER'S DAY CELEBRATION AT SLESA VETERANS HOME - BOLAGALA, KATANA - 01.10.2016

ARRIVAL OF CHIEF GUEST

VISIT AROUND THE VETERANS HOME

RELIEF TO VICTIMS DUE TO RECENT FLOOD & FIRE TRAGEDIES

Some of our members who got affected by recent floods and fire at Salawa , Kosgama were considered for financial assistance. The following received the assistance under flood relief programme on 10th July 2016.

a. Capt. NS Jayawardana of Armour Veterans Association

b. Mr. W A Swarnapala of Armour Veterans Association

c. P. Ragawanpillai of Ceylon War Veterans Association WW II

The following living around Salawa camp received financial assistance on the same day.

a. Mr. M A S Jayaweera - Air Force Association

b. Mr. YK Preethi Kumara - Vijayaba Ex-Servicemen’s Association

c. Mr. PDN Premathilaka - Light Infantry Association

A team headed by Brigadier KA Gnanaweera , President SLESA with Captain N S Jayawardana, Lt Commander H C L Caldera, Mr. PDHCA Gunawardhana and Mr. Lalith Udayashantha participated in the distribution on visiting the home of the Victims.

11TH TSUNAMI MEMORIAL

29 December 2015

It is eleven years since the occurrence of the Tsunami devastation on 26th December 2004 (Boxing day). A memorial service with the participation of all religions was held at Peraliya, where a train carrying approx 1500 passengers got caught to the large tidal waves , taking the lives of nearly 1300.

A special train carrying 20 Buddhist priests chanting Pirith in a specially constructed mandapaya and other passengers driven by the same engine No.591(which got caught to the tsunami on that fateful day). The Deputy General Manager Operation Vijaya Samarasinghe and Supervisor M.A. Cooray , who was responsible for the repair of that train also participated. On arrival at Peraliya religious observances were conducted and thereafter members of the Army, Navy, Police and Scout also paid their respect. Some poor children were gifted with school utensils. Southern Province, Deputy Director of Disaster Management Major Daulagala and Southern Province MP Venerable Baddema Samitha, mahe sangha, relatives of victims and villagers of the area also participated. This event was organized by the Railway Department, Bank of Ceylon Buddhist Society and the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association.

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ASSOCIATION DATE & TIME VENUE
MEDICAL CORPS 04.08.2018 at 0900 Hrs SLESA
SIGNAL 04.08.2018 at 1500 Hrs SLESA
ARMOUR ASSN 12.08.2018 at 0930 Hrs SLESA
PIONEER CORPS 16.08.2018 at 0900 Hrs SLESA
ARTILLERY 18.08.2018 at 1500 Hrs SLESA
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