Published: 13 Jan 2021, 01:52 pm
A contingent of 122 proud soldiers of the Bangladesh Armed Forces departed for India in a specially dispatched IAF C-17 aircraft on Tuesday.
The contingent will participate in India’s Republic Day Parade in New Delhi on 26 January 2021, reports media.
This is only the third time in India's history that any foreign military contingent has been invited to participate in the Rajpath National Parade in central Delhi, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Wednesday.
It is particularly significant as the year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the Liberation War, in which Bangladesh emerged as a vibrant nation, free from the yoke of tyranny and oppression, he said.
The Forces that fought and blew together 50 years ago are now proudly marching down the Rajpath.
The Bangladesh contingent will carry on the legacy of the brave Muktijoddhas who fought for freedom, justice and their people.
The Bangladesh Armed Forces contingent includes the Bangladesh Army Soldiers, the Bangladesh Navy Sailors and the Bangladesh Air Force Air Warriors.
A majority of the soldiers in Bangladesh contingent come from the most distinguished units of the Bangladesh Army, comprising of 1,2,3,4,8,9,10 & 11 East Bengal Regiments and 1,2 and 3 Field Artillery Regiments, who have the distinct honour of fighting and winning the 1971 Liberation War.
The Parade will be broadcast live, worldwide, on January 26, 2021.