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Armed Forces Day

FFs are greatest sons of soil: President

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday emphasised preserving the glorious history of the Liberation War of 1971.

"Liberation War is the most significant event in our national history. Freedom fighters are the greatest sons of the soil," he said while addressing a reception accorded to the families of Bir Shresthas and other gallantry-award-winning freedom fighters at the Armed Forces Division at Dhaka Cantonment marking the Armed Forces Day.

Liberation War Affairs Adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin, chiefs of the three services, Principal staff officer of the Armed Forces Division, defence secretary, and senior civil and military officers were present on the occasion.

On this day in 1971, Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising army, navy and air force came into existence and launched an all-out attack on Pakistan occupation forces.

The president, also the supreme commander of the armed forces, said initiatives have been taken by the government for welfare of the families of Bir Shresthas and other freedom fighters.

Besides, he said the Liberation War ministry and the Armed Forces Division have also taken initiatives, including increase in allowances of the freedom fighters.

He presented gifts to 44 gallantry-award-winning freedom fighters and family members including close relatives of shaheed captain Mohiuddin Jahangir (Bir Shrestha), shaheed sepoy Hamidur Rahman (Bir Shrestha), shaheed sepoy Muhammad Mustafa Kamal (Bir Shrestha), Shaheed sepoy Muhammad Ruhul Amin ERA-1 (Bir Shrestha), shaheed flight lieutenant M Matiur Rahman (Bir Shrestha), shaheed lance naik Nur Muhammad Sheikh (Bir Shrestha) and shaheed lance naik Munshi Abdur Rauf (Bir Shrestha).

Earlier, the President placed wreath at Shikha Anirban, the eternal flame, at Dhaka Cantonment, paying tributes to the members of the armed forces who sacrificed their lives during the War of Independence.

Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed, Naval Chief Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam and Air Chief Air Marshal SM Ziaur Rahman also placed wreaths at Shikha Anirban on behalf of their respective services.

Later, the three chiefs paid a courtesy call on the president at the Armed Forces Division.

Army, navy and air force headquarters also accorded receptions to members of the martyred families, award- winning and retired freedom fighters of their respective services.

Various programmes were chalked out to celebrate the day at all army garrisons, naval ships and establishments and air force bases throughout the country.

The day's programme began with offering munajat (special prayer) after Fazr prayers at all mosques at army garrisons, naval bases and establishments as well as air force bases throughout the country, seeking divine blessings for the well-being and prosperity of the nation and development and progress of the armed forces

Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar aired special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.

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