Dhaka – The nation paid glowing tribute to the memory of war heroes as Bangladesh celebrates the day marking its victory of 1971 war of liberation.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the liberation war by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar in the morning.
After placing the wreath, President Hamid and Prime Minister Hasina stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the memories of the martyrs.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force presented state salute on the occasion when bugles played the last post.
Cabinet members, parliament members, chiefs of the three services, diplomats, and high civil and military officials also placed floral wreaths at the National Mausoleum, where hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life thronged to pay their respect.
Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Hasina laid another wreath at the as the chief of ruling Awami League party.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Road Transports and Bridges Minister and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, Food Minister Advocate Quamrul Islam, and senior party leaders Sahara Khatun, Abdur Razzak, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Dr Hasan Mahmud and Abdus Sobhan Gopal, among others, were present.
Hasina also paid homage to Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at his historic Dhanmondi residence.
Later, President Abdul Hamid took salute at a parade organised by the Armed Forces Division at the National Parade Ground to mark the day.
The day is a public holiday. Different roads and thoroughfares were decorated with colourful flags. The national flag was flown at all government, semi-government and autonomous buildings.
Similar programmes were organised at the different parts of the city. Political, social and cultural organisations chalked out elaborate programmes, including placing floral wreaths, discussions, exhibitions etc to mark the day.