The Armed Forces Day, which marks the establishment of Bangladesh military during the country’s Liberation War, is being observed with due solemnity and enthusiasm.
This day is observed every year since Bangladesh Armed Forces, comprising army, navy and air force, came into being and launched an all-out attack on the occupation forces on this day during the war in 1971.
President Abdul Hamid, also the supreme commander of the armed forces, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion, reported BSS.
"Armed forces of Bangladesh are our pride. The nation always recalls with deep respect their role during the country's Great War of Liberation," the president said in a statement.
The president said the occasion makes him recall the memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who declared the independence of the country on March 26, 1971 ignoring imprisonment.
He also recalled the memories of 1971 martyrs particularly naming the seven recipients of highest gallantry awards "Bir Shreshtha" -- Sipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal, Captain Mohiuddin Jahangair, Sipahi Hamidur Rahman, Mohammad Ruhul Amin, Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman, Lance Naik Noor Mohammad Sheikh and Lance Naik Munshi Abdur Rouf.
The PM in her message said the Father of the Nation begun the task of building the armed forces while the incumbent government took all out initiatives for its modernisation. She appreciated the armed forces saying attaining professional skills they were also taking part in facing disasters, constructing infrastructures, serving mankind, assisting civil administration and various nation building and pro-people activities. "Members of the armed forces are brightening the country's image at international level by performing their duties with sincerity in the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions, she said. Sheikh Hasina said responding to Bangabandhu's call the entire Bangali nation had joined the Liberation in War under the leadership of Awami League government and on this day in 1971, patriotic people, Muktibahini, the armed forces and different paramilitary forces launched combined attacks on the occupation forces. As a result, she said, the nation achieved its final victory by defeating the occupation force on December 16, 1971.
They placed wreaths at Shikha Anirban at Dhaka Cantonment this morning to pay homage to the members of the armed forces who embraced martyrdom during the war.