Ankara, 30 August 2022 (TDI): The Republic of Turkiye celebrated its 100th Victory day, on Tuesday. The day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the victory of the Turkish Armed forces in the battle of Dumlupinar in 1922.  Hence, it is also known as ‘Armed Forces Day.’

Victory Day also honors Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who was the leader of the armed forces in the Turkish War of Independence and the founder of Modern Turkiye. In 1926, August 30 was declared an official national holiday in the country.

On Tuesday, the President of the Republic of Turkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended a ceremony at Anitkabir (Ataturk’s mausoleum) to mark the 100th Victory day.

Further, the President also visited ‘State Cemetry’ to honor the national heroes who laid their lives during the war of Independence.

Statement by President on Victory Day

Following are Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks:

“Dear citizens, Today, we are living the rightful pride of reaching the 100th anniversary of the Great Victory.

I congratulate our brothers and sisters in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and all of our citizens living all across the world on August 30 Victory Day.

I thank on my behalf of myself, my country, and nation all of our friends who share our joy of the festival.

Our nation, whose history is full of glorious victories, ended the liberation struggle, which it waged despite every kind of poverty and deprivation, with a clear and undisputable victory on August 30, 1922.

It was once again registered with the Great Victory that the lands on which we today live freely are our eternal homeland.

August 30 serves as the clearest evidence of what the Turkish nation can achieve and what it can sacrifice when forced to choose between slavery and liberty.

Instead of staying under the yoke of the enemy even for a single day, our nation walked to martyrdom with bravery that scared the death itself and defended its freedom and future.

Lastly, the incidents that took place on the night of July 15 have once again shown that the unwavering will that inspired the Great Offensive is still alive in hearts.

With the strength it draws from its history, Türkiye determinedly advances on the path to building a bright and prosperous future for itself.

Our country, which has successfully managed the coronavirus pandemic that has deeply shaken the entire humanity, is now taking steps to turn the global economic crisis into an opportunity as well.

Türkiye takes the place it deserves in the new world system with its growing production capacity, its exports that break new records every month, and the projects it implements in the defense industry as well as the responsibilities it assumes in the solution of regional problems.

The year 2023, when we will be celebrating the 100th year of our Republic, will inshallah mark a new milestone at which we give the good news about building the great and powerful Türkiye.

With these thoughts in my mind, I remember with gratitude Ghazi Mustafa Kemal, who is the founder of our Republic and the Commander-in-Chief of the Great Offensive, and his comrades-in-arms.

I wish Allah’s mercy upon our august martyrs, who breathed their last for the sake of our homeland as if they had been stepping into a rosary, and remember with gratitude our ghazis. May our martyrs rest in peace. Happy Victory Day.”