Bangladesh set to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Nov 21

The country is set to celebrate the Armed Forces Day on November 21 marking the founding of army, navy and air force during the 1971 Liberation War.

"On this day during the Great War of Liberation in 1971, the Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising army, navy and air forces, came into being and launched all-out attack on the Pakistani occupation forces," an ISPR statement said.

It said the day's programme will begin with the offering of special prayers after Fazr prayer in all mosques in all the cantonments, naval and air force bases throughout the country seeking divine blessings for the well-being and prosperity of the nation and progress of the armed forces.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will issue separate messages greeting members of the armed forces on the occasion.

As part of the day's programmes, the president and the premier would lay wreaths at the Shikha Anirban (the Eternal Flame) at Dhaka Cantonment paying deep homage to the martyred armed forces members who laid down their lives in the Liberation War.

They will be followed by army chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, navy Chief Admiral Nijam Uddin Ahmed, and air force chief Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrar in performing the ritual on behalf of their respective forces.

The chiefs of three services would also call on the President at the Bangabhaban and the Prime Minster at the Armed Forces Division

The Prime Minister will meet the family members of the Bir Shresthos and other gallantry award winning 1971 veterans at the Armed Forces Division at the Dhaka Cantonment and in the afternoon she would host a reception at "Sena Kunja".

The Jatiya Sangsad speaker, chief justice, former presidents, leader of the opposition in parliament, cabinet members, Supreme Court judges, chief election commissioner, election commissioners, foreign envoys, high civil and military officers, the leading intelligentsia, senior journalists and other distinguished personalities will join the reception.

The state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) function will air the function live. A special 'Anirban' programme illustrating the significance of the day will be telecasted by Bangladesh Television after the Bangla news bulletin at 8 pm on the day while the national dailies will publish special supplements highlighting the significance of the day.

Savar, Bogra, Ghatail, Chittagong, Comilla, Sylhet, Jessore, Rangpur, Khulna and Rajendrapur Cantonments will also host receptions marking the day.

Various programmes have also been chalked out at different army garrisons, naval ships, installations and bases of the Air Force across the country outside Dhaka.

Bangladesh Navy in particular would keep their war ships open for visitors at the country's two sea ports and river ports in Dhaka and Narayanganj and Barisal from 2.00 to 4.30 pm on the day.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)