The Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy awarded the remainder of medals for gallantry to 54 Heroes of the Sri Lanka Air Force who actively contributed to the success of humanitarian operations before May 2009, this evening (22th November 2016) during a fitting ceremony held at the Eagles' Lagoon View Banquet Hall in Katunayake.
The ceremony commenced with the observation of two minutes of silence in honour of all Service Personnel who made the supreme sacrifice in the defence of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the motherland. The medals awarded included fifty-four “Rana Sura Padakkama” (RSP) medals, awarded in recognition of individual acts of distinguished conduct in the face of the enemy.
His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena at the inaugural investiture ceremony held at ‘BMICH’ on 27 October 2016 presented medals to a representative group of 300 personnel of the Armed forces. The Chief Guest on the occasion where the SLAF honoured its Heroes this evening was the Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy.
Members of the Air Force Board of Management were among the distinguished guests at the event. A large gathering of Officers, Airmen, spouses, children, parents and relatives of fallen War Heroes, disabled Heroes and several invitees also witnessed the ceremony.