Nation celebrated Victory Day
Published: December 17, 2015 2:21 pm
17 December 2015, Nirapad News: The nation celebrated the 45th Victory Day Wednesday, commemorating its cherished triumph in the nine-month bloody war against the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971, and payed rich tributes to three million martyrs for their supreme sacrifice.
People remember the valiant sons of the soil, who sacrificed their lives to earn the long cherished independence for their beloved motherland to mark the historic day.
Victory Day was celebrated across the country and all Bangladeshi missions abroad with a fresh vow to uphold the spirit of the hard-earned independence and democracy.
On December 16 in 1971, the country achieved its independence to emerge as Bangladesh after the nine-month armed struggle for national independence.
On December 16 of 1971, the chief of the Pakistani forces, General Amir Aabdullah Khan Niazi along with 93,000 troops, surrendered following a miserable defeat before the joint forces of Mukti and Mitra Bahini, led by General Jagjit Singh Aurora of India, at the then Ramna Race Course in Dhaka.
It is the venue from where Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman asked Bangalees to take all out preparations for independence on March 7 in 1971 ahead of his final proclamation of independence of Bangladesh on March 25 night just before his arrest by Pakistani military.
In one of the heinous acts of genocide in human history, the Pakistan army and their local collaborators launched a barbarous crackdown killing innocent and unarmed people in the erstwhile East Pakistan at midnight past March 25 in 1971.
The Jamaat-e-Islami and some other Islamist political parties of that time actively collaborated with the Pakistani forces, raising paramilitary forces such as Razakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams, which took part in the genocide.
The day, which was a public holiday, heralded with a 31-gun salute at dawn at National Parade Square.
The national flag were hoisted atop all government, semi-government and other important establishments.
The government had taken elaborate programs to celebrate the day with due respect, enthusiasm and festivities.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the nation in placing wreaths at National Mausoleum in Savar to pay homage to the heroes who embraced martyrdom to liberate the motherland.
Later, opposition leader, Speaker of the House, freedom fighters, foreign diplomats and people from all walks of life followed them.
Bangladesh Radio, Bangladesh Television and private radio and television channels aired the parade live from the National Parade Square.
Different political, socio-cultural, professional and academic organizations had also taken up elaborate programs to mark the day.
Special prayers offered at mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of worship, seeking divine blessings for peace and progress of the country.
Different socio-cultural bodies, including National Museum, Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, Islamic Foundation and Nazrul Institute, also observed various programs on the day.
Special diets served in hospitals, jails ands. Children’s parks remained open on the day.