President Hamid was the first to lay a wreath at the memorial’s altar, accompanied by the prime minister. Following the placement of the wreaths, the president and prime minister stood in respectful silence for a brief time to pay their respects to the Liberation War martyrs of 1971.
On the occasion, a well-dressed contingent from the Bangladesh Army, Navy, and Air Force offered a state salute while the bugles played the last post. Later, on the occasion, the president and prime minister signed the visitors’ register.
Sheikh Rehana, Bangabandhu’s younger daughter, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, senior Awami League leaders, and high civil and military officials were among those present.
JS Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain also laid wreaths at the National Memorial to honour the martyrs. Obaidul Quader, the General Secretary of the Awami League, also paid his respects by laying wreaths in the presence of some senior party leaders.
Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the state ceremony is being held on a smaller scale in order to preserve health guidelines and social distance.