DHAKA: The nation is set to celebrate the 49th Victory Day of Bangladesh tomorrow (Dec 16) with due solemnity and rich tributes paid to the martyrs of the Liberation War of 1971
The day will commence with a 31-gun salute followed by rich tributes of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at National Mausoleum in Savar in the early hours.
The nation pays homage to the martyrs for their supreme sacrifice for freeing the country from the occupying forces of Pakistan in 1971.
After a nine-month-long war against Pakistan Army, the valiant sons of the soil liberated the country on December 16 in 1971.
The commander of Pakistan Army, General AAK Niazi and his 93,000 soldiers surrendered to the allied forces of freedom fighters and Indian army at Ramna Racecourse, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka on this day.
Three million people sacrificed their lives while nearly half a million women their honour in those nine months of war of independence that broke out in March 25 of that year.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay rich tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar with the rise of the sun.
They will be followed by the freedom fighters and their family members, foreign diplomats, leaders of Awami League and different political and social organisations and people from all walks of life.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay glowing tribute to Father of the
Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban at the historic Dhanmondi 32 road in the city.
Awami League and its associate bodies, different educational institutes and socio-cultural and professional organisations will also pay homage to the supreme leader of the War of Liberation by placing garlands at his portrait.
The government also has taken elaborate programs to celebrate the Day at the national level.
The day is a public holiday.
The national flag will be hoisted atop government, semi-government and private offices as well as offices of autonomous bodies across the country.
Important buildings and establishments will be illuminated at night. Important roads and road islands have been decorated with miniature national flags and colorful festoons.
National dailies and online news portals will bring out special supplements. The state-owned and private televisions and radios will air special programs on the day.
Special prayers will be offered in mosques, temples, pagodas and churches seeking salvation of the souls of the martyrs of Liberation War and peace, progress and prosperity of the country.
Improved diets will be served to inmates of jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant homes across the country.
Destitute children will be allowed to visit children’s parks and other recreational centres across the country free-of-cost.
Marking the Day, Awami League (AL) will organize two-day long programme. Bangladesh missions abroad will observe the day through various programmes.
BDST: 1305 HRS, DEC 15, 2019