26th June 2021 09:59:16 Hours
In recognition of the invaluable service rendered to the nation in protecting sovereignty and the territorial integrity through the years from its inception in 1955, the 1st Reconnaissance Regiment - Sri Lanka Armoured Corps was awarded the Presidents’ Standards and the Regimental Standards on 14 December 1998 by Hon. Minister for Power and Energy and Deputy Minister for Defence General A V Rathwatte who represented Her Excellency the President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. Upon reception of the Standards, they were placed at a dedicated place in the Regiment.
Identifying that there must be a separate chamber for the Standards to be housed in order to provide the due respect and to showcase the prestige of the Standards, Lt Col S J Samarasinghe psc the Commanding Officer of the 1st Reconnaissance Regiment, proposed to construct a Chamber for the Standards. Under the direction of the Colonel Commandant of Sri Lanka Armoured Corps Maj Gen D B S N Bothota RWP RSP USP psc, the construction was completed in fulfilling the expectations of the Regiment. The Chamber was raised in perfection by the Troops of the 1st Reconnaissance Regiment and on 23 June 2021 at the auspicious time, the Chamber was declared open by Maj Gen D B S N Bothota RWP RSP USP psc the Colonel Commandant of Sri Lanka Armoured Corps and the Commandant of Officer Career Development Centre by the invitation of Lt Col S J Samarasinghe psc the Commanding Officer of the 1st Reconnaissance Regiment, amidst the blessings of the Clergy.
The Commander Armoured Brigade, Maj Gen M G T D Rathnasekara USP, Centre Commandant Brig M S Devapriya USP, Senior Officers and Officers of the 1st Reconnaissance Regiment and the Troops who were engaged in the construction attended the event in accordance with the Covid guidelines.