Turkey marks Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day
The day marks the 99th anniversary of the start of the War of Independence after the Republic of Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, journeyed from allied-occupied Istanbul to Samsun on the Black Sea coast on May 19, 1919.
Around the country, the day is scheduled to be celebrated through various events including concerts, performances and gatherings.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on May 18 celebrated the day in a statement released via his office’s official website.
“Just as our country was founded based on national sovereignty, so shall it excel on the same principle,” it added.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu also celebrated the day with a message he took out on May 18.
“That struggle continues today,” Kılıçdaroğlu added.
Atatürk landed in Samsun at the start of a political and military resistance against the allied partitioning of the Ottoman Empire after its defeat in the First World War. The independence war ended on Oct. 29, 1923 and Atatürk dedicated May 19 to the country’s youth.