US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas has said the story of Bangladeshis in the United States carries significance, reports news agency UNB.
“The strength of our democracy is in our people, and the strength of our people gets full expression in our democracy,” he said.
Speaking at a reception marking the Independence Day (4 July) of the United States on Sunday evening, Haas said that they believe the principles that define America, extend beyond its borders.
Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was the chief guest at the event.
“And we also believe that those values with anchor US-Bangladeshi ties, now and in the future,” he said.
The US celebrated its 247th Independence Day.
In the United States, the ambassador said, Independence Day celebrations are a combination of patriotic speeches and backyard BBQs, of military parades and fireworks, and of music that runs the gamut from the “Star-Spangled Banner” to “Born in the USA” to “Bad to the Bone.”
In short, they celebrate the principles upon which they were founded.
“And we have fun doing it. And that is what we are here to do tonight,” said the Ambassador.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” Haas said.
“Standing here now, in 2023, I note these principles of equality and democracy don’t apply just to men, but also to women, and the whole diverse range of Americans, regardless of race, color, or creed,” he added.
The United States and Bangladesh share similar ideals that motivated struggles for independence, said the ambassador.
Almost two centuries after 1776, Bangladesh fought the Liberation War based on four similar principles: nationalism, socialism, democracy, and secularism, he said.
“These shared principles, and the success of our nations’ ability to continually ‘form a more perfect Union’ are – and will be – the anchor of US-Bangladesh relations,” he said.
A special photo exhibition was held on the occasion that captured the spirit of George Thorogood’s tour, with a Bangladeshi twist. This exhibition showcases Bangladeshis who have made their homes in many of the 50 states of America.
“These photographs are a testament to the diversity that flourishes within our borders, where people from all walks of life, including Bangladeshis, have found a place to call home,” said the US ambassador.
“Through this exhibition, we witness the remarkable stories of Bangladeshis who have embraced the American dream, contributing their skills, culture, and heritage to the vibrant mosaic of our society,” he said.
“Their presence all over the United States exemplifies the strength and resilience of the American people, a strength rooted in our shared values of liberty, justice, and equality,” Haas said.