This novel and the history-making presentation of the President's Truncheon, equivalent to that of an honorary 'Colour' and a unique emblem upon which soldiers swear allegiance to the Regiment and the State, further recognizes and would serve a fitting tribute to SLSR soldiers' unparalleled achievements, exemplary valour, gallantry, dedication and commitment to the cause, and more distinctively, its War Heroes' unmatched supreme sacrifices in the battlefields.
The SLSR, having seen its birth as a Rifle Regiment on 1 October 1956 at Diyatalawa Imperial Camp, to be identical with the 'Green Jacket' regiment of the Queen's British Army, has not been considered for award of Colours, to be in line with age-old inherent British military traditions which do not advocate awarding of Colours to 'Rifle Regiments', more popularly, identified as 'Green Jacket' regiments.
The ceremony commenced with the arrival of Chief Guest, President Maithripala Srisena, who was warmly received by the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva and Major General Boniface Perera, Colonel of the Regiment - SLSR, at the entrance to the main venue for the event.
Next, was the peak of the ceremony where the President read out the official proclamation and reasons attributable for award of the Truncheon to the SLSR. President in his special proclamation to the occasion reminded the gathering of numerous and invaluable sacrifices of Sinha Regiment troops for defence of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country.