The nation is observing its 49th Independence Day
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Memorial marking the 49th Independence Day.
President Hamid first placed a wreath at the altar of the memorial in Savar, on Tuesday morning, followed by the Prime Minister.
After placing the wreaths, the President and the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation of 1971.
A smartly turned-out contingent drawn from the Bangladesh Army, Navy, and Air Force presented a state salute on the occasion while bugles played the last post.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, members of the cabinet, the prime minister's advisers, parliament members, freedom fighters, foreign diplomats, and high civil and military officials were present.
Later, flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina—also the president of Bangladesh Awami League—laid another wreath at the National Memorial on behalf of her party.
Additionally, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Speaker Advocate Fazle Rabbi Mia, and Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain paid homage to the war heroes of 1971 by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar.
Wreaths were also placed by Jatiya Party’s Co-Chairperson Begum Raushan Ershad and Secretary General Mashiur Rahman Ranga.
Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation Sayeed Khokan and Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Atiqul Islam also paid homage to the martyrs by placing wreaths separately.