National Memorial Paragraph
National Memorial or Jatiyo Smriti Soudho is one of the supreme monuments established as a memento of adoration, respect, and tribute for the martyrs of our Liberation War of 1971 and it is exclusively divine ascending high in the sky. It is the icon of the freedom fighters who waived their lives for the liberty of Bangladesh. Here “Jatiyo” means “National”, “Smriti” means “Memorial” and “Soudho” means “Monument”. The National Memorial sited at Savar, near the capital (Dhaka) of Bangladesh. It is also highly by the tourists for the unique design and glorious meaning of the architecture. The National Memorial commemorates us our great heroes, who let go their precious lives for the independence of Bangladesh. Numerous mass-graves and a pool of water are placed in front of this magnificent monument. Jatiyo Smriti Soudho is the most cardinal monument in Bangladesh’s history. For that reason, Bangladesh Government was very conscious about this monument. The main plans of this monument were originated after the independence in 1972. But due to several difficulties, it was postponed. But in 1978, a nation-wide design competition was held in June for the site selection, road and land development about this monument. Among the 57 competitors, Architect Syed Moinul Hossain’s design proposal got its approval. The main structure, the artificial lake, and other amenities were accomplished of this monument in 1982. This stunning complex is distributed over an area of 34 hectares (84 acres) and it is wrapped around by a green belt of 10 hectares (24.7 acres). This gorgeous background makes this monument very eye-catching. The monument tower is made of concrete and other structures and pavements are made of red bricks. These red bricks take us back to the memories about the blood of the 3 million people, who bravely sacrificed their blood for the liberation of Bangladesh. This monument is constituted with 7 isosceles triangular pyramid-shaped structures but the middle one being the tallest. The uppermost point of the monument is 150 feet. 7 isosceles triangular pyramids stand for our seven Bir Sreshthos. This inimitable arrangement of the plans has created a construction that seems to change its pattern when viewed from different orientations. Several mass graves and a striking reflection water body are placed in front of this monument. People enter into the complex through the main gate; they can see the monument axially. But to reach it one has to walk through diverse ups and downs of pavements and cross an artificial lake by a bridge-all these symbolize the struggle for sovereignty. The most moving sight of the complex is the several graves of the martyred freedom fighters: close to the towers. Standing in front of the graves, we bow down our heads in homage, as the towers soar up symbolizing the majestic sacrifice of the spirits of our heroes: the freedom fighters. The construction of National Memorial was monitored by the Public Works Department of the Government of Bangladesh. But this project of construction was accomplished in three times. The first project was concerned with acquiring land and constructing a road for the project. It was in 1972. The cost of this project was 26 lacs. The second project was in 1974-1982. The cost of this project was 3.77 crores. This project was involved in to build the mass graves, pavements, parking spaces, helipad etc. And the third project was in August 1982. The cost of this project was 848.65 lacs. This project was occupied in to build the main structure, apart from the artificial lake, green belt, cafeteria, housing etc. Now and for all the times, this monument reflects the glorified history of Independent Bangladesh. In a view of the tourist spot, National Memorial is the lime lighted one of Bangladesh. Lots of people visit here to see this astonishing monument on a daily basis. But on 16 December, our victory day, the magnitude of interested people touches the sky. This people shower their love, respect, and tears for the greatest achievement of all times and that is the independence of Bangladesh.