On November 10, Ataturk Memorial Day, Turkey commemorates their Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Founder of Republic of Turkey, with respect and love. His principles and reforms are remembered again. The week of November 10, is declared as Ataturk week. During the whole week there are events and activities to commemorate Ataturk.
Schools organize all kinds of activities to commemorate Ataturk too during this week. This year, it’s the 79th anniversary of his death. Throughout the country there are ceremonies with poems and recitals of his quotes. People commemorate all that he has done for this country. Every year on the 10th of November at exactly 9:05am, all activities, including traffic, stop throughout Turkey, people stand still, and sirens blare.
The founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, died on November 10, 1938, at 09:05, leaving Turkey in grief. He was an inspirational leader known in the whole world; with the Turkish people, the whole world was shaken by his death.
A Rare Genius
Atatuk remains to be a source of inspiration for people all over the world. He was a genius and a true leader. When he died, many statesmen in the world spoke about his inspirational reforms and policies. He restored the pride and dignity of the Turkish people.
The empowerment of the Turkish women was one of his most important reforms. His main goal was the independence of Turkey. His famous words “Either independence or death!” are just one example of how much he valued sovereignty. He pursued a policy of peace and friendship with neighboring countries and stated “Peace at home, peace in the world!”.
The Founder of the Republic of Turkey and First President
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is the founder of the Republic of Turkey and its first president. He died on Thursday, 10 November 1938 at 09:05 in the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, leaving the whole nation in grief. His funeral took place first on 21 November 1938. With a ceremony full of tears, he was buried at the Ankara Ethnography Museum, in a temporary grave. Later, his mausoleum “Anitkabir” was built on the Anittepe, a hill that can be seen from everywhere in Ankara. He was moved there on 10 Kasım 1953. Every day of the year, not only Turkish people from all over Turkey, but also many foreigners who are inspired by Ataturk, come to Anitkabir and visit his mausoleum.