The day began with a sombre remembrance of all those who lost their lives during the Liberation War with 31 gun salutes at the National Parade Ground, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar at dawn.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid wreaths at the National Martyrs’ Memorial in Savar followed by a guard of honour presented by three contingents of the armed services – Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force.
Ministers, state ministers, chiefs of the three services, members of parliament, freedom fighters, diplomats, representatives of different development partners and high civil and military officials, among others, were present at that time.
The prime minister also paid her tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, Dhanmondi in the morning.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia placed wreaths at the National Martyrs’ Memorial at 11am. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, senior leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi were also present.
The Savar Memorial hosted thousands of people who came to pay their respects to the martyrs of Liberation War where Saddam Hossain, a physically disabled student also went and patiently waited in line to lay a wreath.
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with members of the National Cadet Corps of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives at President Abdul Hamid’s Victory Day reception in Bangabhaban yesterday FOCUSBANGLA[/caption]
“I came here because I love my country and I dream of a peaceful Bangladesh where people are lifted out of poverty and acute hunger. A Bangladesh without the treat of terrorism, militancy and communal violence,” Saddam said.
Another student Saif E Reza from Savar’s East Point School told the Dhaka Tribune: “I have come to show my respect and love towards the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to give me an independent country.”
As part of the Victory Day’s day-long celebration, a colourful parade was also held at the National Parade Square, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the morning. The Sector Commanders Forum held a programme at Suhrawardy Udyan, Chhayanaut held a cultural dance programme at Dhaka University, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote brought out a rally in the capital and there was a Victory Day programme at Shahbagh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina released five commemorative postage stamps, two first day covers, two data cards and a souvenir to mark the 46th Victory Day.
The commemorative postage materials issued by Bangladesh Post Office was released at Hasina’s official residence Ganabhaban.
President Abdul Hamid and his wife Rashida Khanam hosted a reception at Bangabhaban yesterday marking the 46th Victory Day, reports UNB.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the reception at the lawn of the president’s official residence.
Members of National Cadet Corps of Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and the Maldives also attended the reception.
A total 34 foreign Liberation War veterans have come to Dhaka this year to join the Victory Day celebrations – 29 war veterans from India and five from Russia with their spouses at the invitation of the prime minister.
On December 16, 1971, Pakistani Commander Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi surrendered to Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Arora, the commander of the Joint Forces, at the same Ramna Race Course where Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had made his historic call on March 7, 1971 for independence. As a symbol of surrender, Niazi handed over his revolver to Lt Gen Arora.