The military decorations Weera Wickrama Vibushanaya and the Rana Wickrama Padakkama were awarded to 156 members of the Tri Forces by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a ceremony(Gallantry Awards 2013) held at Temple Trees yesterday (15).
Maj. Gen. Daya Ratnayake, Maj. Gen. J Dias and Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva were awarded the Weera Wickrama Vibushanaya while Army Commander Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya, Air Force Commander Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama and retired Navy Commander Vice Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake were awarded the Rana Wickrama Padakkama respectively.
Weera Wickrama Vibhushanaya("Heroic Gallantry Decoration") Medal and Bar are the third highest Sri Lankan military decoration that is presented to officers and other ranks as a reward for individual acts of gallantry and bravery in the face of the enemy, carried out voluntarily whilst on active service without any consideration of his own security and with the prime intention of safeguarding the lives of his comrades, facilitating the operational aim of his force or for a highly commendable act or a series of acts of a human nature of high order shown in saving life from drowning, fire and rescue operations, floods and similar calamities under circumstances of bodily injury or danger to the life of the rescuer. The degree of courage and promptitude displayed is taken into concern.
The Rana Wickrama Padakkama ("Combat Gallantry Medal") Medal and Bar are presented to Sri Lankan military officers and other ranks as a reward for individual or allied acts of heroism in facing the enemy when performing their duty.