For the first time, a 122-member strong contingent of the Bangladesh Armed Forces will participate at the Republic Day celebrations. Both countries’ 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties imbues the participation of such a huge contingent from a friendly neighbour in the celebrations, with special significance, sources said.
The contingent will be led by contingent commander Lieutenant Colonel Abu Mohammed Shahnoor Shawon and his deputies Lieutenant Farhan Ishraq and Flight Lieutenant Sibat Rahman. The contingent comprises soldiers of the Bangladesh Army, sailors of the Bangladesh Navy and air warriors of the Bangladesh Air Force.
The majority of the soldiers in this contingent hail from the most distinguished units of the Bangladesh Army. These units have the distinct honour of fighting and winning the 1971 Liberation War.
This Bangladesh contingent carries with them the legacy of legendary “Muktijoddhas” of Bangladesh, their forefathers who fought against oppression, mass atrocities by tyrannical forces and for the freedom of Bangladesh, sources said.