Bangladesh will celebrate the 44th Victory Day tomorrow paying rich tributes to the three million martyrs for their supreme sacrifice for the country during the Liberation War in 1971.
The day will start with a 31-gun salute. President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreath at the National Memorial at Savar in the early hours.
They will be followed by freedom fighters, invited former Indian army officers involved in the Liberation War, foreign diplomats and people from all walks of life.
Marking the day, a colorful parade will be held at National Parade Square in the Old Airport area at 10am with the participation of valiant freedom fighters, armed forces, law enforcers.
The president will attend the function as chief guest and will take salute at the parade. The prime minister will attend the function as special guest.
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 would be illuminated at night. Important roads and road islands have already been decorated with miniature national flags, colourful festoons and digitized banners portraying the memorable moments of the nation’s victory in the war of liberation.
Meanwhile, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion. National dailies will bring out special supplements.
The state-owned and private televisions and radios will broadcast month-long special programmes highlighting the Liberation War. Different organizations including Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh Shishu Academy will organize discussion and display Liberation War related documentary films while the postal department will release commemorative stamps on the day.
Improved diets will be served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant homes across the country. Destitute children will be allowed to visit the children’s park in the capital on the day, free-of-cost. Special prayers will be offered in mosques and other places of worship seeking salvation of the souls of martyrs of the Liberation War and peace, progress and prosperity of the country.
Bangladesh missions abroad will hoist the national flag and organise discussions, cultural functions and receptions.