Armed Forces Day today
The Armed Forces Day will be observed today with due solemnity and festivity.
The day's programme will begin with the offering of munajat after the Fazr prayers in all the mosques at Army garrisons, Naval bases and establishments as well as Air Force bases throughout the country seeking divine blessings for the well-being and prosperity of the nation, development and progress of the Armed Forces, an ISPR press release said.
On the occasion of Armed Forces Day, President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Md Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister and also Defence Minister Sheikh Hasina will place floral wreaths at the Shikha Anirban at Dhaka Cantonment in the morning to pay homage to the members of the Armed Forces who had embraced martyrdom in the Liberation War in 1971.
Immediately after then, Chief of Army Staff General Md Abdul Mubeen, Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Z U Ahmed and on behalf of the Chief of Air Staff the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Admin) Air Vice Marshal Md Enamul Bari will also lay floral wreaths at the Shikha Anirban.
The Armed Forces chiefs will pay courtesy call on the president at the Bangabhaban and the premier at the Armed Forces Division (AFD) at Dhaka Cantonment.
On the occasion of Armed Forces Day, the PM will also host a reception and meet the members of martyred families of the Bir Shresthos and other selected gallantry award holder freedom fighters at the AFD at Dhaka Cantonment.
In the afternoon, she will host a reception at the Sena Kunja at Dhaka Cantonment to commemorate the day.
Besides, the Armed Forces chiefs will also accord receptions to the members of the shaheed families, award winning and retired freedom fighters of their respective services. Receptions will also be held at other cantonments.
Meanwhile, programmes have also been chalked-out to celebrate the august day in a befitting manner in all army garrisons, naval ships and establishment and air force bases throughout the country.
Bangladesh Navy ships will remain open to visitors from 2:00pm to 4:30pm in Dhaka (Sadarghat), Narayanganj, Chittagong, Khulna, Barisal and Mongla.
The national dailies are bringing out special supplements in observance of the day. Besides, essay, art and quiz competition will be arranged at educational institutions of the armed forces.
President Md Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have given separate messages on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day.
In a message, the president expressed the hope that members of the Armed Forces would contribute to nation building alongside performing their professional duties for building a prosperous Bangladesh.
"Independence is ours greatest achievement. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the architect of this independence. He proclaimed independence on March 26," he said.
On this day in 1971, the Armed Forces of Bangladesh launched combined attack against the occupation forces. "As a result, our victory was accelerated," he added.
In a separate message, the PM said the present government is working sincerely for modernisation of the armed forces.
During the War of Liberation led by Awami League government on this day in 1971, patriotic people, Muktibahini, the armed forces and different paramilitary forces launched combined attacks against the occupation forces in the Liberation War, she added.