The nation on Tuesday celebrated the 44th Victory Day with a renewed pledge to resist the anti-liberation forces, terrorism and fundamentalism, and to build Bangladesh on the spirit of the War of Liberation.
The nation recalled the undisputed leadership of the Father of The Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and paid homage to the three million martyrs who laid down their lives to wrest the glorious victory on this day, December 16 in 1971.
The celebration began with a 31-gun salute at dawn to pay respect to the heroic struggle that brought the independence for the country.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to the martyrs of the War of Liberation by placing wreaths at the National Memorial at Savar at 6:40am. After placing the wreaths, the President and the prime Minister stood there in solemn silence for a minute to show their respect to the memories of the martyrs of the glorious War of Liberation.
Chief Justice, Ministers, lawmakers, the chiefs of the three forces, freedom fighters, diplomats and high civil and military officials, wounded freedom fighters and family members of the award-winning Birshrestha winner of the highest state award for their contribution to Liberation War were present on the occasion.
Later, flanked with her party leaders, Sheikh Hasina, also President of Awami League, placed wreath at the National Memorial on behalf of her party.
Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad along with the prominent leaders of Jatiya Party placed wreath at the National Memorial.
The main programme of the day was the Victory Day Parade at the National Parade Ground.
President Abdul Hamid took salute and inspected a smartly turned out Military parade at 10:00am, organized and conducted by the 9th Infantry Division of Bangladesh Army. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also attended the parade. Chief Justice Mohammad Muzammel and Jatiya Sangshad Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury Jatiya Party Chairman and Special Envoy to the Prime Minister HM Ershad and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Rawshan Ershad attended the programme.
Thousands of people from all walks of life witnessed the spectacular two-hour parade.
The National Flag was hoisted atop all government, semi-government, private and other important establishments.
The day was a public holiday.
People of different political, social, cultural and professional groups gathered at the Savar National Memorial with flowers and banners to show respect to the sons and daughters who fought or laid down their lives for the independence of Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister greeted the families of martyred and war-wounded Freedom Fighters with flowers, sweets and fruits.
National dailies published special supplements. The state-owned and private television channels and national and private radio stations broadcast special programmes highlighting the significance of the Victory 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.
President Abdul Hamid hosted Victory Day reception at Bangabhaban. Children parks were open for the destitute children in the capital free of cost. Improved diets were served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant homes across the country.
National and party flags of AL were hoisted at the party's central office at Bangabandhu Avenue at dawn. AL leaders and activists also placed wreaths at the National Memorial at Savar in the morning.
AL President Sheikh Hasina flanked by the senior leaders of the party paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at the portrait of the great leader in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the morning.
The ruling party leaders, leaders and activists of its associated bodies also paid tributes at Bangabandhu's grave at Tungipara in Gopalganj district.
Ruling party Awami League and its associated bodies brought out a victory rally from Suhrawardy Udyan in the afternoon, which concluded at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32.
The party will also held a discussion meeting at Krishibid Institute on Wednesday at 3:00pm with AL President Sheikh Hasina as chief guest and AL Presidium Member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury in the chair.
BNP celebrated the Victory Day with various programmes across the country.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia along with her party leaders and activists including leaders of its associated bodies placed wreaths at the mazar of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman at Sher-e-Banglanagar in the capital in the morning.
Cultural programmes were held on Dhaka University campus.
Among the programmes of the day, discussions, poetry recitation session, juvenile painting competition, photographic exhibition were arranged. Bangladesh missions abroad also observed the Victory Day in a befitting manner.
The capital city wore a festive look since early morning. A number of buildings, vehicles and road islands were decorated with national flags of different sizes. In many streets and shops, popular patriotic songs were played on loudspeakers throughout the day. Men, women and children in green and red flocked around various monuments and parks including University of Dhaka, Suhrawardy Udyan, National Mausoleum and the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban area and many other public places to attend some of the many cultural programmes across the city.