Türkiye on Wednesday commemorated the 101st anniversary of its Victory Day, marking the decisive defeat of the occupying Greek army in the Battle of Dumlupinar in 1922.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, senior government and high-ranking military officials, and the opposition leader laid a wreath at Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. A minute of silence was followed by the Turkish national anthem.
“Dear Ataturk, we are proud of reaching the 101 years of patrol of the great victory you describe as the immortal monument of the Turkish nation’s idea of freedom and independence.
“Today, which is one of the turning points of our glorious history, we commemorate you, your comrades-in-arms, the honorable members of the Grand National Assembly and our martyrs with mercy,” Erdogan wrote in the memorial book at Anitkabir.
Also marking Victory Day, first lady Emine Erdogan said the 1922 victory is a sign of the will and determination of the Turkish nation.
“It is the message of hope given to the whole world by a nation whose heart beats with the love of the country,” she said on X, commemorating Ataturk and all fallen soldiers.
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