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Victory Day today

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bijoy_dibosStaff reporter
The nation is celebrating the 43rd Victory Day today with elaborate programs to pay high tributes and homage to the three million martyrs who laid down their lives for the country.
On this day in 1971, Pakistani occupation forces surrendered after a nine-month war resulting in free, independent and sovereign Bangladesh.
The day is a public holiday.
Different political parties, socio-cultural organizations and educational institutions have taken up various programs to mark the Victory Day.
The day will be heralded with 31 gun salutes. As part of the day’s programs, a colorful parade will be held at the National Parade Square at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar at 10:30am. Freedom fighters, members of the Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies will take part in the parade.
President Abdul Hamid will take salute and inspect the parade as the chief guest. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be present at the parade.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will place wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar in the morning to pay their tributes to the martyred freedom fighters.
People from all walks of life will also place wreaths at the national memorial.
The national flag will be hoisted atop all government and private buildings, while the government and semi-government buildings and other public places will be illuminated and roads and islands will be decorated with flags and festoons in all cities of the country on the occasion.
National dailies will bring out supplements. The state-owned and private televisions and radios will broadcast special programs highlighting the significance of the day.
Special prayers will be offered in mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of worship seeking divine blessings for the peace and progress of the country.
The President will accord a reception to freedom fighters at Bangabhaban in the afternoon. The destitute children will be allowed to visit the children park in the capital on the day free of cost. Improved diets will be served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant homes across the country.
Bangladesh missions abroad will hoist the national flag and organize discussions, cultural functions and receptions.
The ruling Awami League has chalked out elaborate programs to mark the day. National and party flags will be hoisted at the party's central office at Bangabandhu Avenue at dawn. Awami League leaders and workers will place wreaths at the National Memorial at Savar at the same time.
The ruling party leaders will also pay tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait at Bangabnadhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi in the city in the morning.
Besides, the party leaders and workers will place wreaths at the graveyard of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj district.
The ruling party will also bring out a victory rally from Suhrawardy Udyan in the afternoon.
It will also hold a discussion at Krishibid Institution in the city at 3pm on Wednesday where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be present as the chief guest.
BNP will celebrate the Victory Day with various programs across the country. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia along with her party leaders and activists will place wreaths at the majar of late President and BNP founder Ziaur Rahman at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital around 9am. The party also held a discussion at the Institution of Engineers on Monday.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia have issued separate messages on the occasion.
In his message, the President urged all, irrespective of party affiliation, to contribute more from their respective position towards building the country upholding the objectives and spirit of the Liberation War.
The Prime Minister, in her message, said, "We’ve been working to build a hunger- and poverty-free, and peaceful middle-income Bangladesh by the year 2021 and a developed and prosperous one by 2041. We’re hopeful of building a ‘Golden Bangla’ as dreamt by the Father of the Nation through implementing the Vision 2021 and 2041.”
The BNP chairperson, in her message, called upon all to forge a national unity imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War to save the country from the grasp of the evil forces.