The nation has observed the Victory Day paying deep tribute to the three million martyrs for their supreme sacrifice for the country's independence.
UNB adds: The National Memorial at Savar on Wednesday was bedecked with wreaths placed by thousands of people of all walks of life, as they with a deep sense of respect remembered the best sons and daughters of the soil on the glorious and joyous day.
Streets were flooded with enthusiastic people carrying the banners of different political, social, cultural and professional organisations, and singing patriotic songs.
The day was heralded with a 31-gun salute.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the nation in paying homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives to attain the independence of their beloved motherland, by placing wreaths on the altar of the National Mausoleum as army bugles played the last post.
The President placed a wreath at 6:34 am and stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation in 1971. He also signed the visitors' book kept on the premises of the National Mausoleum.
Just after the President, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing another wreath at the National Mausoleum. The Prime Minister then stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force presented a state salute on the occasion when bugles played the last post.
Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of the ruling Awami League, laid another wreath at the National Mausoleum as the party chief.
The Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad, the Chief Justice, ministers, the leader of the opposition, the chiefs of the three services, members of parliament, freedom fighters, diplomats and high civil and military officials were present.
A colourful parade was held at the National Parade Square at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the morning. President Abdul Hamid inspected the parade and took salute on the occasion.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also attended the parade organised and conducted by Nine Infantry Division of the Bangladesh Army.
On this day in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani occupation forces, Gen AAK Niazi, along with his 93,000 Pakistani troops, surrendered at Ramna Racecourse Maidan, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka following a miserable defeat to the joint forces of Mukti Bahini and Mitra Bahini.
In one of the heinous acts of genocide in human history, the Pakistan army and their local collaborators had launched a barbarous crackdown on March 25, 1971 in the erstwhile East Pakistan at midnight past, killing innocent and unarmed people. The nation, under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, finally clinched independence on December 16 after a nine-month Liberation War.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion by placing a wreath at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi here in the morning.
Later, she also released six commemorative stamps, three first day covers, three data cards and a souvenir at her official residence Ganobhaban. A special cancellor was used on the occasion.
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Raushon Ershad and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia placed wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar in the morning paying their tributes to the martyred freedom fighters.
Khaleda, flanked by her party senior leaders, placed wreaths at the National Mausoleum around 10:45am.
President Abdul Hamid and his wife Rashida Khanom hosted a reception at Bangabhaban, marking the Victory Day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the reception at the lawn of the presidential palace. The President and the Prime Minister cut a cake on the occasion.
Valiant freedom fighters and family members of Birsreshtha gallantry awards attended the Victory Day reception.
The day was a public holiday.
Different political parties, socio-cultural organisations and educational institutions marked the day with various programmes. National dailies brought out supplements. State-owned and private televisions and radios broadcast special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.
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.
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. Improved diets 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 in the city in the morning.
Dhaka City unit of Awami League organised a colourful Victory Day march on a 3.5-kilometre route from the historic Suhrawardy Udyan to Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Dhanmondi Road-32 on the occasion with the participation of thousands of people.
Besides, the party leaders and workers placed wreaths at the graveyard of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj district.
BNP also celebrated the 45th Victory Day with holding various programmes, including a 'V Day Rally' in the city.
People across the country and Bangladesh missions abroad also celebrated the day with holding various programmes.