Source: Ittefaq Report
The whole nation of Bangladesh is celebrating 49th Independence and National Day on Tuesday with utmost honour and respect for the martyrs of the Liberation War.
People of all walks of life will celebrate the red-letter day refreshing the resolution to uphold the spirit of the War of Liberation and build a ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
On the eve of the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted all the people of the country in separate messages.
In his message, President Hamid extended his heartfelt greetings and warm felicitations to the countrymen living at home and abroad on the eve of the Independence Day.
Recalling the architect of the country’s independence, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with profound respect, the President said. “I pay my deep homage to the martyrs and valiant sons of the soil who made the supreme sacrifice in the war of liberation.”
On the other hand, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday also conveyed her heartiest greetings to the countrymen as well as all expatriate Bangalees.
In her message, the Premier said, “March 26 is the day of earning self-identity of our nation. It’s the day of breaking the shackles of subjugation. On the eve of the Independence Day, I recall with deep gratitude the greatest Bangalee of all times, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, under whose undisputed leadership we earned our coveted independence.”
The government has taken elaborate programmes to celebrate the day. On this auspicious occasion, glowing tributes will be paid to the martyrs and veterans of the War of Liberation.
The national mausoleum at Savar will be the main venue of the celebration of the day where President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will place wreaths early in the morning as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs.
Families of Bir Shreshthas, war wounded freedom fighters, members of the diplomatic corps, leaders of different political parties, social, cultural and professional bodies and people from all walks of life will also lay wreaths at the national mausoleum in the morning of the day.
The day’s programmes will begin by heralding a 31-gun salute early in the morning as a mark of profound respect to the heroic struggle of this nation, which suffered a protracted subjugation under foreign rules from time to time till achieving their coveted Independence in 1971.
The nation will also pay glowing tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and valiant sons of the soil whose supreme sacrifices freed the country from the shackle of Pakistan.
The day is a public holiday.
The national flag will fly atop all government and private buildings while all streets and important city intersections will be decorated with national and multi-coloured miniature flags and festoons.
Every year, the March 26 brings the most tragic reminiscence of the history’s blackest episode that heralded a nine-month bloody ordeal from the night of March 25, 1971, achieving the long-cherished independence on December 16 the same year at the cost of a sea of blood.