The nation is celebrating the 53rd Independence and National Day today in a befitting manner.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the eve of the day.
The day’s programs began by heralding gun salutes early in the morning as a mark of profound respect for the heroic struggle of this nation, which suffered a protracted subjugation under foreign rules from time to time till achieving its coveted Independence in 1971.
The national flag is hoisted atop all government, semi-government, autonomous, and private buildings with the rise of the sun. At the same time, all streets and essential city intersections are decorated with national and multi-colored miniature flags and festoons.
Bands of different forces played music at different important points in Dhaka.
Important buildings, establishments, city streets, and islands are illuminated with colourful lights.
The National Martyrs’ Memorial at Savar became the main venue of the day’s celebration.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed wreaths early in the morning as a mark of profound respect for the memories of the martyrs.
People from all walks of life, including families of Bir Shreshthas, war-wounded freedom fighters, members of the diplomatic corps, leaders of different political parties, and social, cultural, and professional bodies, also
laid wreaths at the national memorial on the morning of the day.
The nation soon launched the War of Liberation at the call of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the early hours of March 26.
Bangladesh emerged as an independent and sovereign country on December 16, 1971, with the surrender of the Pakistani occupation forces, who killed three million innocent civilians, perpetrated atrocities on two lacks Bangalee women, and burnt down lakhs of houses across the country during the nine-month bloody war.