The Armed Forces Day is being celebrated today with due solemnity and enthusiasm marking the founding of Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force during the country’s Liberation War.
On this day in 1971, 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, the day has been being observed as the Armed Forces Day every year.
The day’s programmes has begun with the offering of special prayers in mosques of all cantonments, naval and air force bases across the country after Fazr prayers, seeking divine blessings for the country’s welfare and progress and continued development and progress of the Armed Forces.
President M Abdul Hamid, also the supreme commander of the Armed Forces, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting the members of the armed forces on the occasion.
The speech given by the Prime Minister on the occasion of ‘Armed Forces Day-2020’ will be aired simultaneously on private television and radio channels including Bangladesh Television at 7:30 pm today.
On behalf of the President and the Prime Minister, their Military Secretaries will lay wreaths at the ‘Shikha Anirban’ (the eternal flame) at Dhaka Cantonment on Saturday morning to pay homage to the members of the Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives during our Liberation War in 1971.
Later, Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat will also lay wreaths at ‘Shikha Anirban’ on behalf of their respective forces.
On the occasion, chiefs of the three services will call on the President at the Bangabhaban and Prime Minster at Ganabhaban on the day.
Prime Minister’s Security Affairs Adviser Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique and Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division will be present at the meeting with the premier.
The authorities, however, decided to celebrate the day this year in a limited scale due to the global pandemic coronavirus.
Therefore, Bangladesh Navy Ships (BNS) in Dhaka, Khulna, Chandpur, Barishal and Chattogram will not remain open for the general people this year.
Bangladesh Television broadcast the program “Special Anirban” after the Bangla news at 8:00pm on Friday, highlighting the significance of the Armed Forces Day.
Bangladesh Betar will broadcast “Special Durbar” today at 6:30pm. The program “Special Anirban” will be aired on private TV channels in phases. Special supplements will be published in various Bengali and English national dailies on the occasion of the day.