Annual get-together of the families of War Heroes at SLNS Shilpa

A family get-together of naval personnel killed and wounded in action were held at SLNS Shilpa in Kandy on 05th December 2015. Approximately one thousand members belonging to 272 families residing in the Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla and Kegalle districts attended the event held under the patronage of the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe.

The event commenced with a religious ceremony held at the Sri Dalada Maligawa to invoke blessings on the heroic naval personnel who had laid down their lives to safeguard the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the motherland and those that were missing and wounded in action. A two-minute silence was observed in their honour at SLNS Shilpa where a medical clinic and special stalls were held for the family members to receive medical treatment and obtain advice related to salary, pension, compensation and insurance issues. A musical show and special entertainment events were also conducted for the children and refreshments and lunch were served to all that were present.

The Chief of Staff of the Navy presented each family a cheque for Rs. 10,000/= along with a ration pack worth Rs. 4000/=. In addition, calendars, gift vouchers and gift parcels for children were also provided to the family members that attended the annual get-together.