On December 16 evening, the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington organized a discussion program followed by cultural show and an art exhibition in the Embassy building.
The speakers in the program included Mr. Peter Blood, the son of Archer Blood who was the Consul General in Washington , Professor William Greenough from Johns Hopkins who initiated ICDDR in Bangladesh and Dr Franklin S Odo, Director Smithsonian Institute .
Peter Blood recalled his young days in Bangladesh and added that his father Archer Blood recognized the supreme sacrifice which the Bengalis made for the freedom of their motherland.
In his welcome address Humayun Kabir, the Ambassador of Bangladesh said paid deepest respect and sincere gratitude to the valiant freedom fighters and millions of martyrs, who shed their lives for making Bangladesh free as a nation. He also expressed the nation’s deepest gratitude to the allies and friends of Bangladesg who stood by Bangladesh and made sacrifices alongside the people of Bangladesh to make the country free of evil forces.
In an exclusive comment to VOA Bangla Service Ambassador Humayun Kabir said that this year’s program was marked by three features: speeches by the eminent Americans who were involved with the fate of Bangladesh during its inception, a cultural program by Dhrupod, comprising the youth from post ’71 generation and an art exhibition by a Bangladeshi artist in the USA.