Imbued with the spirit of Liberation War, the nation on Friday celebrated its 51st Independence Day and National Day with a fresh vow to take the country to new heights by defeating the anti-liberation elements.
People from all walks of life also saluted the courage and supreme sacrifices of those who rose in revolt against Pakistan occupation forces in 1971 and finally earned the country’s independence after a nine-month bloody war.Carrying banners inscribed with different slogans for a violence- and communalism-free country, thousands of people walked to the National Memorial in Savar to pay respects to the martyred freedom fighters.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the nation in paying rich tributes to the martyrs of the War of Liberation by placing wreaths at the National Memorial.
President Hamid first placed a wreath at the altar of the memorial 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 in 1971.
A smartly turned-out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force presented a state salute on the occasion while the bugles played the last post.
Later, the President and the Prime Minister signed the visitors’ book there on the occasion.Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana, Awami League leaders and high civil and military officials, among others, were present there.
Subsequently Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain also paid tribute to the martyrs by placing wreaths at the National Memorial.
The ruling Awami League led by its general secretary Obaidul Quader also paid tribute there by placing wreaths in the presence of some senior party leaders.
Due to the pandemic, the state ceremony was celebrated on a limited scale going by the health guidelines.
Later, the premier paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his portrait at Dhanmondi.
The day was heralded with a pre-dawn 50-gun salute.
Different political parties, government and non-government organisations, socio-cultural and professional bodies as well as educational institutions celebrated the day with due solemnity.
The day was a public holiday.
The national flag was hoisted atop government and private buildings while major streets and intersections were decorated with national and multi-coloured miniature flags and festoons.
Important buildings and establishments as well as thoroughfares and islands were illuminated with colourful lights on the occasion of the Independence Day.
Newspapers published special supplements while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private radio stations and TV channels aired special programmes, highlighting the significance of the day.
Special prayers were offered at mosques, temples, churches and other places of worship across the country, seeking divine blessings for the martyrs and welfare of the nation.
The ruling Awami League will hold a discussion at 11:00am at its central office on Bangabandhu Avenue on Sunday in the capital.
Awami League president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will chair the programme virtually.