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Secretary of Defense Honors Fainting Parade

 Secretary of Defense Honors Fainting Parade

Secretary General of Defense (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne (Principal Guest) and Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva graced the 95th Fainting Parade (PoP) of 187 cadet officers at Diyatalawa Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA ) on Saturday (19) amid dozens of greetings and best wishes.

After the formal review of the parade, the Principal Guest on behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces awarded the most prestigious President's Commissioning Swords to the Cadet Officers, symbolizing their much admired commissions before receiving the salute of the new officers in the colorful parade.

The 187 cadet officers who underwent SLMA training in the regular 88, 88 Bravo admissions (Kotelawala Defense University Admissions 32, 33, 35), 89, 90, Lady 18 and Volunteer Lady 18 received their formal commissions by part of the main guest of the day during the Colorful and Dignified Ceremony, which was attended by senior officers from three services, retired senior officers, guests, foreign envoys, instructors, parents, closest relatives, and a gathering of supporters.

The main guest of the day was greeted at the entrance of the SLMA by Lt. General Shavendra Silva, along with Brigadier Chrishantha Gnanaratne, commander of the SLMA, before being ushered to the parade ground where the main show of the day began.

The main guest, along with his host, laid a wreath at the SLMA memorial as the first segment of the day's agenda and honored the memory of the fallen service patriots in a solemn minute of silence as all spectators rose in reverence.

The main guest then began the ceremonial presentation of the ornamental commissioning swords to the graduates, symbolizing their formal appointment to the Sri Lankan Army, as the stage was being set for newly graduated officers to present the colorful salute. to the main guest of the day. On the same occasion, the best achievers in separate competitions were also congratulated, giving special memories.

The ceremony saw 51 cadet officers in regular admission 88, 119 cadet officers in regular admission 88 Bravo (admission 32,33,35 from Kotelawala Defense University), 17 cadet officers in regular admission Lady cadet officers 18 received their commissions before they are formally deployed for island-wide service as Lieutenants. The distinguished guests adorned the shoulders of the young officers with the insignia of the President's Commission as a more common feature in the day's show (Pipeline Ceremony).

In the end, a souvenir was presented to the main guest.

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