The Bangladesh community in the United States will soon get the second Shaheed Minar in Paterson city, New Jersey.
The construction work on the Shaheed Minar (Martyr’s Memorial) formally started at the Westside Park, 139 Preakneas Avenue of the city on Saturday.
The construction is expected to be completed before December 16 this year and the project partners intend to formally unveil it on the forthcoming Victory Day, according to a Foreign Ministry media release issued on Sunday.
Once completed, the project is expected to be the second Shaheed Minar in the USA after Texas.
M Shameem Ahsan, Consul General of Bangladesh in New York, Jose Torres, Mayor of Paterson City, local Councilmen, representatives from Passaic County Office, elected US officials, Dr Nurun Nabi, Councilman at Plainsboro Township, New Jersey and members of the Bangladesh community, among others, attended the ceremony marking the start of the construction work.
Passaic County granted an amount of US$1,50,000.00 for the project in 2013 while the Paterson City Council allocated the land at the Westside Park in 2012 for the construction of the Shaheed Minar to honour Bangla-desh community in Paterson city and acknowledge the multicultural significance of the mother tongue of the diverse immigrant communities.
The speakers at the function expressed that the ceremony was a memorable event for both Bangladesh as well as for the host city and also for the global community with multiple language identities.
The mayor highly appreciated the Bangladesh community in Paterson whom he recognised as an integral part of the city.
Shameem Ahsan thanked the Mayor, Passaic County Board, project partners and the community leaders on behalf of the Bangladesh government for their noble initiative and support. He also highlighted on the historic aspect of the Shaheed Minar.
2nd Shaheed Minar in New Jersey soon