Following is the message President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued on the 79th anniversary of the passing of Ghazi Mustafa Kemal:
“I commemorate with respect Ghazi Mustafa Kemal, the founder of our Republic, on the 79th anniversary of his passing to eternity.
Ghazi Mustafa Kemal is a heroic soldier and an esteemed leader, who gained the admiration of the whole world with our struggle for independence that he led, the outstanding victories he won and our Republic he founded by uniting our nation around a common ideal.
It was his infinite confidence and faith in his nation that made Ghazi Mustafa Kemal a commander and a leader that left his mark in history.
In the great struggle that was launched in 1919 and crowned in 1923 with the foundation of the Republic, our august nation, led by Ghazi Mustafa Kemal, stopped with their blood, lives and hearts those, who wanted to take away our homeland.
Our august nation which heroically defended its homeland and flag during our struggle for independence and upheld its will and future despite all the trying circumstances maintain the resolve and determination to foil all attacks targeting our country.
In order to protect our Republic, which Ghazi Mustafa Kemal founded and entrusted to the youth, forever as fully-independent, constantly improve it and reach our goals for 2023, we unite around the principle of ‘one nation, one flag, one homeland and one state’.
We will continue to work tirelessly for the Republic of Turkey to stably grow stronger while reinforcing the resolve to preserve the unity, integrity and brotherhood among our citizens, and to elevate the democratic standards every day.
With these thoughts, I commemorate with grace and gratitude all our heroes who died martyrs or became veterans for our homeland, Ghazi Mustafa Kemal, the founder of our Republic, and his brothers in arms on the 79th anniversary of his passing.”