Dhaka – President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday paid homage to members of the Armed Forces, who made supreme sacrifices in the 1971 Liberation War, by placing wreaths at the Shikha Anirban at Dhaka Cantonment in the morning on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day.
The President, who is also the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the martyrs. A smartly turned out contingent of the army, the navy and the air force presented a salute on the occasion.
President Abdul Hamid signed the visitor s ‘ book in the Old Airport premises, UNB news agency reported.
Earlier on his arrival, chiefs of the three services and the principal staff officer of the Armed Forces Division received the President.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Armed Forces on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2016 by placing a floral wreath at Shikha Anirban at Dhaka Cantonment in the morning.
Later, she stood in solemn silence for some time as the mark of profound respect to the martyrs, who made supreme sacrifices during the 1971 Liberation War.
A smartly-turned out contingent drawn from Army, Navy and Air Force presented guard of honour while bugle played ‘The Last Post’.
Sheikh Hasina, who is in-charge of the Ministry of Defence, signed the visitor s ‘ book kept on the premises of Shikha Anirban.
Earlier on her arrival, Sheikh Hasina was received by Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Haque, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Nizamuddin Ahmad, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrar and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) of the Armed Forces Division (AFD) Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman.
After the wreath-placing ceremony, the Prime Minister went to the Armed Forces Division (AFD) where chiefs of the three services made a courtesy call on her.
On this day during the War of Liberation in 1971, the Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising Army, Navy and Air Force, came into being and launched an all-out attack on the Pakistani occupation forces.
Since the country’s independence, this historic day has been observed as the Armed Forces Day.