Armed Forces Day (Bengali: সশস্ত্র বাহিনী দিবস) is observed in Bangladesh on November 21. This signifies the day in 1971, when the members of Army, Navy and Air force of the Bangladesh liberation war forces were fully operational and launched a coordinated offensive against the Pakistani Army. On December 16, 1971, the Pakistan Army surrendered with 93,000 troops to the allied forces of Bangladesh and India, ending the Liberation War of Bangladesh and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 simultaneously.
The day starts with laying of floral wreath at 'Shikha Anirban' (Eternal Flame) at Dhaka Cantonment by President, Prime Minister and Service Chiefs. In the afternoon a reception at Senakunja, Dhaka Cantonment is held where Prime Minister, ministers, leader of opposition and other high civil and military officials attend. In other cantonments, naval and air bases similar receptions are held. A special TV programme Anirban is broadcast on different TV channels the previous evening and special newspaper supplements are also published with national dailies. Receptions are also held by Prime Minister and Service Chiefs for recipients of the gallantry award Freedom fighter. Improved meals for family members are served in all military stations. Armed Forces Division also brings out a special publication with articles related to the War of Independence and armed forces.