On Victory Day this year, 30,000 volunteers are planning to gather at the National Parade Ground in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, to set a new world record for the largest ever human flag. If successful, it will break the previous record set in Pakistan by 24,200 people last year.
This grand effort involving ordinary people of all ages is a timely reminder of the spirit of liberation.
In these tough times, it is gratifying that Bangladeshis can still come together this year to celebrate our indomitable spirit on December 16. This goes to show that even as our nation deals with a grim political crisis, our sense of national solidarity is still intact.
Helicopters will be used to capture the view of the flag aerially. The official dimensions of the flag, and placement of the red centre circle will be respected as specified in the Bangladesh gazette. If successful, documents will be submitted to the Guinness World Records committee for evaluation.
The flag will be a powerful message of unity and pride that can help point the way to building a better image for the nation.
For a nation divided through politics, it will remind us that patriotism is about celebrating what brings people together. It can demonstrate to all that the spirit of liberation can be a unifying force.