November 10, 2011
State executives issued messages to commemorate Atatürk. In his message, President Gül said Atatürk not only saved the country with the War of Independence he pioneered, but also paved the way for the Turkish state to have their own state and to become a nation with a high self-confidence.
Also, CHP chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu released a message in which he said commemorating Atatürk meant protecting the republic, democracy, freedoms and independence more and more each passing day.
Commemorative ceremonies in Ankara began in Anıtkabir, Atatürk’s eternal resting place.
Top state officials attended the ceremony at Atatürk’s Mausoleum. President Abdullah Gül, Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Çiçek, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Chief of General Staff General Necdet Özel, leader of the main opposition party Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and state officials participated in the official ceremony.
Gül said “You enjoy a special place in the hearts of Turkish people for all your ideals and all you have done for us. We are proud to be in your presence today, as members of a nation that has improved its democracy, rights and freedoms, and put its economy in order. We commemorate you with love and respect on the 73rd anniversary of your death. Rest in peace.”
President Abdullah Gül said it was Turkish executives’ priority to implement structural reforms without any delay.
“A new and liberalist constitution, to meet expectations of the nation, will make Turkey stronger,” Gül said during a ceremony in Ankara to commemorate Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Founder of Republic of Turkey, who passed away 73 years ago.
Gül said Atatürk had gained the respect of humanity with his pacifist, renovative and reformist characteristic as well as his achievements and ideas, and defined him as a leader beyond his age, a great genius, a realistic statesman and commander. Humanity was astonished at Atatürk’s work, reforms and his fight to save the country and eulogize the nation, Gül said.
Earlier in the day, Turkish President Abdullah Gül, Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Republican People’s Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu as well as pillars of the state laid a wreath at Atatürk’s Mausoleum–Anıtkabir. They observed a minute of silence in Atatürk’s respect at 9:05 a.m., when Atatürk passed away 73 years ago.
Sirens were rang throughout the country, flags were hoisted at half-mast to commemorate the Great Leader.
Atatürk became known as an extremely capable military officer during World War I. Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, he led the Turkish national movement in the Turkish War of Independence. Having established a provisional government in Ankara, he defeated the forces sent by the Allies. His successful military campaigns led to the liberation of the country and to the establishment of Turkey.
During his presidency, Atatürk embarked upon a program of political, economic, and cultural reforms. An admirer of the Age of Enlightenment, he sought to transform the former Ottoman Empire into a modern, democratic, and secular nation-state. The principles of Atatürk’s reforms, upon which modern Turkey was established, are referred to as Kemalism.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk died at 9:05 a.m. on November 10, 1938 at the age of 57. On November 10, daily life and traffic stops at 9:05 a.m. for two minutes as sirens wailing and people observing two minutes of silence out of respect to Atatürk.
Atatürk is eternal for the Turkish nation. We breathe thanks to him and all his soldiers.
PS. Today Chris Green Worcester/TRNC said:
The world needs an Atatürk now. A great leader, decades ahead of his time and of course whilst he lived a full life, it was a relatively short one. Long may he be remembered.
If Atatürk were alive today, in all probability he & Turkey would be the leaders of EU.
There’s no doubt about that.cem