President, PM pay tribute to armed forces’ martyrs

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Dhaka, November 21: President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday paid homage to members of Bangladesh Armed Forces, who made supreme sacrifices in the Liberation War in 1971, on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day.

The president, also the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, placed wreaths at the altar of Shikha Anirban (eternal flame) at 8:00am and stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to memories of the martyrs.

 A smartly turned out contingent of the army, the navy and the air force presented a salute on the occasion. Later, President Abdul Hamid signed the visitors’ book on the premises of the Shikha Anirban.

 The Prime Minister also paid the homage by placing a wreath at Shikha Anirban (flame eternal) at Dhaka Cantonment around 8:15am on the day.

 After laying the wreath, she stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the memories of the martyrs.

 A smartly-turned out contingent drawn from the Army, Navy and Air Force presented a guard of honour as the bugle played the last post. Later, the prime minister, also in-charge of the Ministry of Defence, signed the visitors` book on the Shikha Anirban premises.

 On this day during the War of Liberation in 1971, the 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, this historic day is observed as the Armed Forces Day every year.