A series of ceremonies to felicitate the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe was held in Anuradhapura yesterday (13th November). They were organized by the old pupils and Navy Chief’s contemporaries studied at St. Joseph’s College, Central College and Swarnapali Balika Vidyalaya in Anuradhapura. Having placed floral wreath to the Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa Memorial in front of Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, the proceedings of the events commenced.
Vice Admiral Ranasinghe first graced the felicitation ceremonies organized by the St. Joseph’s College and Central College, Anuradhapura. The cadet platoons of the colleges honoured the Navy Commander according him Guards of Honour. Subsequently he took part in the event arranged by the Swarnapali Balika Vidyalaya, Anuradhapura to honour him. Swarnapali Balika Vidyalaya was then a mixed school from which the Commander of the Navy received his primary education. The principals, staff members, school children and past pupils from respective schools attended these occasions.
Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Duminda Dissanayaka who is an old boy of the Central College, Anuradhapura also graced the felicitation ceremony organized by the college. Making the proceedings of the ceremony more significant, one of the class teachers of the Navy Commander was present on this occasion. Vice Admiral Ranasinghe received her blessings, paying gear debt of gratitude to his second parents at school.
Commander of the Navy expressed his appreciation and thanks to the schools from which he received education, for organizing a series of felicitation ceremonies. Meanwhile, he presented mementoes to the principals to signify these occasions and the gesture was reciprocated. The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe is the first tri-service Commander to hail from these schools which trace their history back for many years.
Felicitation ceremony at St. Joseph’s College
Felicitation ceremony at Anuradhapura Central Collage
Felicitation ceremony at Anuradhapura Swarnapali Balika Vidyalaya