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Sinha regiment marching on at 50

The Sinha Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army will be celebrating its 50th anniversary today. The regiment was established on October 1, 1956 under the command of Lt. Col R.D Jayathilake.
The infantry regiment which had played a pivotal role in the North-East conflict had a modest beginning with just 80 officers and other rankers at its inception. However it has now matured in to a fully fledged infantry regiment with 7 regular and 5 volunteer battalions.
Like many regiments of the Sri Lanka army the Sinha regiment too models itself on the British army and in its case the British Green Jacket regiment. The first officer to be honoured with the Parama Veera Vibushana medal was Captain S.U Aladeniya of the Sinha regiment who was posthumously awarded the medal for his gallant defence of his men and camp at Mankulam in 1991. Also Corporal Gamini Kularathne who became a legend on account of his heroism at Elephant Pass was also a member of the Sinha regiment.
Present Army Commander Lt.Gen Sarath Fonseka became the first officer from the Sinha regiment to lead the Army. In addition to his duties as the commander Gen Fonseka functions as the Colonel of the regiment.
Religious ceremonies and ceremonial events will be held at the regimental headquarters at Ambepussa today to commemorate the many officers and men who made the supreme sacrifice defending the nation. (GI)