President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended the ceremony, held at Anıtkabir on the 79th anniversary of the passing of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.
The ceremony at Anıtkabir (Atatürk’s Mausoleum) began as high-ranking state officials walked on the Lion Road. President Erdoğan and other high-ranking officials laid wreaths at Atatürk’s mausoleum and observed a moment of silence at 09:05 a.m. at Anıtkabir. After the national anthem was sung, President Erdoğan wrote the following in the Anıtkabir Special Book at Misak-ı Millî Tower:
“On the 79th anniversary of his passing, we remember once again with grace and respect Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the great commander of our War of Independence, the founder of our Republic and our first President.
We continue to work day and night in line with the aim of raising Turkey beyond the level of contemporary civilizations, which we consider one of Atatürk’s greatest legacies.
Rest in peace!”