The 94th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Dumlupinar is celebrated throughout the Republic of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus today.
A solemn wreath-laying ceremony and a moment of silence in memory of the Republic’s founder and his sons died in the struggle for the independence of their country have been held outside the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara this morning.
Along with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the ceremony was attended by the Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the head of the Constitutional Court Zühtü Arslan, the chief of the General Staff Hulusi Akar, Chairman of the Republican People's Party Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party Devlet Bahceli, as well as other members of the government and the generals.
After the national anthem of the Republic sounded, Erdogan made an entry in the Book of Memory of the Mausoleum and read it aloud to all the guests present.
“The Victory Day on August 30 should be a lesson for terrorist organizations and centers of evil that today target the unity and integrity of Turkey. The stance of the Turkish people against the bloody coup attempt on July 15 showed that the spirit of the Great Offensive is still alive on this earth,” reads the message of Turkish President.
The August 30 Victory Day is celebrated in honor of the victory over the Greek invaders, and in memory of the Turkish soldiers who were killed in the last battle of the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922) at Dumlupinar. At that time the Turkish army was led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who later became the founder and the First President of the Turkish Republic.
The Treaty of Lausanne signed on October 20, 1922 recognized Turkish sovereignty within its new borders. People throughout the Republic of Turkey celebrate the Victory Day laying wreaths and flowers at the monument to Ataturk and attending festive concerts and military parades.
PHOTO: website of Turkish President