PV Desk : The 47th Victory Day of Bangladesh is being observed across the country Saturday (December 16) with due solemnity and rich tributes paid to the martyrs of the Liberation War of 1971.
The day commenced with a 31-gun salute followed by rich tributes of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at National Mausoleum in Savar in the early hours.
President Abdul Hamid is also scheduled to attend the parade at the National Parade Square as chief guest and Premier Hasina as special guest.
The nation pays homage to the martyrs for their supreme sacrifice for freeing the country from the occupying forces of Pakistan in 1971.
After a nine-month-long war against Pakistan Army, the valiant sons of the soil liberated the country on December 16 in 1971.
The commander of Pakistan Army, General AAK Niazi and his 93,000 soldiers surrendered to the allied forces of freedom fighters and Indian army at Ramna Racecourse, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka on this day.
Three million people sacrificed their lives while nearly half a million women their honour in those nine months of war of independence that broke out in March 25 of that year.
Different socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organizations have chalked out programs to celebrate the day.