44th Victory Day celebrated Tuesday

44th Victory Day celebrated Tuesday

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The 44th Victory Day commemorating its glorious victory in the nine-month bloody war against the occupation forces in 1971 was celebrated on Tuesday with a pledge to uphold the spirit of the Liberation War.
Thousands of people paid rich tributes to the heroic sons of the soil who sacrificed their lives for their beloved mother land. Streets were flooded with the 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 at dawn. People thronged the National Mausoleum at Savar. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed weraths at the altar as army bugles played the last post earli in the mornig.
After placing the wreaths, President Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stood there in solemn silence for some time to show their respects to the martyrs.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from the three services presented a state salute on the occasion.
The Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Justice, ministers, parliament members, the chiefs of the three services, freedom fighters, diplomats and high civil and military officials, wounded freedom fighters and family members of the gallantry award winning Bir Shreshtha were present on the occasion.
Later, flanked by her party leaders, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the National Mausoleum on behalf of her party.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also paid Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the morning, marking the Victory Day.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, and Jatiya party leader Raushan Ershad placed wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar in the morning.
A colourful parade was held at the National Parade Square at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the morning. Freedom fighters, members of the Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies took part in the parade.
President Abdul Hamid took salute and inspected the guard as the chief guest. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was also present at the parade.
Different political parties, socio-cultural organisations and educational institutions observed the day with various programmes.
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.- UNB

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