People walk miles to reach National Memorial in Savar


With an aim to turn grief into strength, cultural and educational organisations and youth groups have taken out a procession in Dhaka to mark the 48th Independence Day.

People from different walks of life headed toward the National Martyrs’ Memorial in Savar after starting from the Central Shaheed Minar on Monday morning.

People walk miles to reach National Memorial in Savar.

They will visit the killing fields that evoke the memories of the Mar 25 genocide in 1971, on their way and raise funds for the Liberation War Museum that joined the ritual in 2016.

Abhijatri Club, a platform of mountaineers, has been organising the event every year on Mar 26 since 2013.

Anyone can walk a mile to show solidarity and donate money.

People walk miles to reach National Memorial in Savar.

The participants first gathered at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka at 6am and sang the national anthem as the procession progressed.

Bharateswari Homes School, Maniknagar Model High School, Dhaka University Tourist Society, Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club, Bangladesh Bird Club, Himu Paribahan, Travellers of Bangladesh are taking part in the procession.

The participants were found singing iconic patriotic songs — ‘Muktiro Mondiro Shopano Tole’, ‘E Maati Noy Jongibaader’, ‘Purba Digonte Surya Uthechhe’ — as they visited the Jagannath Hall killing field.

People walk miles to reach National Memorial in Savar.

The procession then meandered through Nilkhet, Katabon, Pilkhana, Zigatola and roads along Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Tajuddin Ahmed’s residence.

Komol Siddiqui, Bir Uttom (second highest award for individual gallantry), joined the march.

Chhayanaut, Tokkhoshila School and Brotochari School also joined the march that reached the Government Physical Education College in Mohammadpur.

People walk miles to reach National Memorial in Savar.

Families of martyred intellectuals paid homage and remembered the lost souls. At 10am, they reached the Rayerbazar killing field and placed wreaths there.

UCEP Bangladesh and Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi rendered songs at the memorial at Rayerbazar. The group then headed for Diabari Terminal where they will cross the Turag River and reach the Batamul at Sadullapur by afternoon.

Students and teachers of Begunbari School will join them. The procession is due to reach Akrain by 2pm where Akrain High School will join in.

People walk miles to reach National Memorial in Savar.

The residents of Kolma village will recall the struggle they endured in the face of hostility from the Pakistani occupation force in 1971 once the procession reaches them following a lunch break.

Then the procession will take a turn towards Jahangirnagar University and pay tributes at the grave of martyr Tito at Dairy Farm Gate before entering the campus at 4pm.

People walk miles to reach National Memorial in Savar.

The students of the university, Jahangirnagar University School and affiliated organisations will join the march. The participants will march through another entrance of the university and enter Gokulnagar Village to reach the National Martyrs’ Memorial.

The organisers have arranged another procession that will cross a distance of 15 kilometres to reach the mass graves in Meherpur through the Mujibnagar Road.