The nation will celebrate the 45th Victory Day on Wednesday with due solemnity and remember with gratitude millions of martyrs who made supreme sacrifices to liberate the country from the clutches of the Pakistan occupation forces fighting a nine-month war in 1971.
The day this year will be observed in a new perspective as the verdict in the killing case of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who spearheaded the nation's long arduous independence struggle, was executed while trial of those who committed crimes against humanity in 1971 have been continuing with execution of verdict against some top war criminals.
In separate messages on the eve of the day, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated the countrymen on the occasion.
Leader of the Opposition Begum Rowshan Ershad, BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad and Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon also issued separate statements.
Elaborate programmes have been chalked out to mark the day. The day will be heralded with a 31-gun salute at dawn. Other programmes of the day include hoisting of the national flag atop all national and private institutions, placing of wreaths at the National Memorial at Savar, decorating the road-islands tastefully, distribution of improved diets among the inmates of hospitals, jails and orphanages, discussions, cultural soirees and illumination at night.
The recorded independence speech of Bangabandhu delivered on March 7, 1971 at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan and the immortal songs of the Liberation War will be played over the loudspeaker throughout the day tomorrow.
Besides, special prayers will be offered at all the places of worship across the country for eternal peace of the souls of the martyrs of the Liberation War.
The wreaths giving ceremony will start at 6:30 am at the National Memorial at Savar and will continue throughout the day. On behalf of the nation, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay wreaths at Savar National Memorial at dawn to pay homage to the martyrs of the War of Liberation.
The Victory Day march past will be held at the National Parade Square at 10 am. The President and the Prime Minister will attend the show.
The day is a public holiday. National dailies will publish special supplements and Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar and private sector TV channels and radio stations will air special programmes to mark the day.
Different political parties including Awami League, BNP, Jatiya Party, JSD, CPB, Workers Party and Gono Forum have chalked out extensive programmes in observance the day.
Besides, different socio-cultural-professional bodies and institutions including Dhaka University, Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, Sammilito Sangskritik Jote, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Bangladesh Tourism (Parjatan) Corporation and Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote will observe the day with elaborate programmes.
The ruling Awami League has taken a two-day programme to mark the day which includes hoisting of national and party flags atop party offices across the country and at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at dawn, laying of wreaths at the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu's portrait at Dhanmondi Road-32 at 8 am.
At 10 am wreaths will be placed at Bangabandhu's mazar at Tungipara, Gopalganj where special prayers and munajat will be offered and milad-doa mahfil will be held.
Before noon all leaders and workers of the Awami League including its members of parliament (MPs) will go to their respective constituencies and organise victory rallies.
In Dhaka, they will assemble at the Shikha Chirantan (Eternal Flame) at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan at 4:20 pm when the Pakistan army surrendered to the Mitra Bahini in 1971.
Later, they will bring out a colourful Victory Day procession from the Suhrawardy Udyan and march up to Dhanmandi Road-32.
On December 17, Awami League will organise a discussion at the Krishibid Institution auditorium where Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina will be the chief guest.