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December 16, 2018 – 48th Victory Day of Bangladesh

I wish to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Bangladeshi-Canadian community on the occasion of the 48th Victory Day of Bangladesh.  

In 1971, Bangladesh fought against Pakistan in the Bangladesh Liberation War, in order to gain sovereignty. Over the course of 9 months, millions were killed in the crossfire of conflict and many other atrocities were committed. On December 16th, 1971, the Pakistan Armed Forces signed a written agreement of surrender, officially bringing the conflict to an end and marking the creation of Bangladesh.

 

In observance of the occasion, military parades by many factions of the Bangladesh Armed Forces will be held across the nation. In addition, Victory Day is also marked by flag-raisings, special national television and radio broadcasts, as well as fireworks displays.

 

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home.

 

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.