SAVAR, March 26 (BSS)- President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning placed floral wreaths at the National Martyrs Memorial here marking the 42nd Independence and National Day.
The President was the first to place a wreath at the altar of the Memorial at around 6 am. The Prime Minister followed him and also placed a wreath.
After placing the wreaths, the President and the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation in 1971.
The bugle played the last post and a smartly turned out contingent of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force presented state salute on the occasion.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with the senior leaders of Bangladesh Awami League also placed wreath at the National Memorial on behalf of her party.
The Speaker, Chief Justice, Deputy Speaker, Ministers, Advisers to the Prime Minister, State Ministers, chiefs of the three services, diplomats, high civil and military officials, freedom fighters, other dignitaries and senior leaders of Awami League were present.
The foreign nationals, who have come here to receive state level honor tomorrow for their immense contribution to the country's independence, were also present at the National Martyrs Memorial.
Later, President Zillur Rahman signed the visitor's book at the Memorial.
Earlier on his arrival on the national memorial premises, the President was received by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Deputy Leader of the Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Home Minister Advocate Sahara Khatun, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni and State Minister for Liberation War Affairs Captain (retd) ABM Tajul Islam.