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Nation celebrate Victory Day

New Age Online

The nation on Monday celebrated the 43rd Victory Day today paying tributes to the three million martyrs for their supreme sacrifice for the country and with a renewed call for executing all the verdicts against war criminals.
On this day in 1971, Pakistani occupation forces surrendered after a nine-month war resulting in a free, independent and sovereign Bangladesh.
The day bears a special significance this year as it is being celebrated four days after the execution of war criminal Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah. He was hanged on Thursday night.
The day is a public holiday.
The day was heralded with 31 gun salutes at dawn. However, no parade was held this year as law enforcers are currently busy ahead of the national election.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar at about 6:40 am.
After placing the wreaths, they also stood there in solemn silence for some time to show their respects to the memories of the martyrs of the great Liberation War in 1971.
The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the capital.
Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia placed wreaths at the mausoleum around 8:10am to pay homage to the martyred freedom fighters.
Later, people from all walks of life in their thousands thronged the National Memorial to pay tributes to the heroic sons of the soil.
The world’s largest human national flag of Bangladesh was created at the National Parade Ground in the city, marking the Victory Day.
Private mobile phone operator Robi, in partnership with Bangladesh Army, made the largest ever Bangladesh flag, which will be recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
The incredible attempt started at 1:36pm with 27,117 volunteers helping create the flag.
Each person held a coloured placard and the 27,117 people collectively created the largest flag in the world to shatter a standing Guinness World Record.
They kept the green and red placards above their heads for six minutes and 16 seconds to make the history.
The national flag was hoisted atop all government and private buildings, while the government and semi-government buildings and other public places were illuminated and roads and islands decorated with flags and festoons in all cities of the country on the occasion.
National dailies brought out supplements. The state-owned and private televisions and radios broadcast special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.
Special prayers were offered in mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of worship seeking divine blessings for the peace and progress of the country.
The President accorded a reception to the freedom fighters at Bangabhaban in the afternoon.
The destitute children were allowed to visit the children park in the capital free of cost.
Improved meals were served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant homes across the country.
National and party flags of Awami League were hoisted at the party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue at dawn. Awami League leaders and workers placed wreaths at the National Memorial at Savar at the same time.
The ruling party leaders also paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait at Bangabnadhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi and at his graveyard at Tungipara in Gopalganj district.
The ruling party also brought out a victory rally from Suhrawardy Udyan in the afternoon.
The main opposition BNP celebrated the Victory Day with various programmes across the country.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia along with her party leaders and activists placed wreaths at the majar of late President and BNP founder Ziaur Rahman at Sher-e-Banglanagar in the capital in the morning.
The party also planned a discussion meeting at the Jatiya Press Club in the afternoon, marking the day.




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