High state officials led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid a visit to Anıtkabir on the occasion of August 30 Victory Day and Turkish Armed Forces Day.
The first ceremony within the context of the 97th Anniversary of the Great Victory was held at Anıtkabir. The ceremony began with the walk of high state officials on the Lion Road (Aslanlı Yol).
Mustafa Şentop-Speaker of the GNAT, Fuat Oktay-Vice President, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu-Leader of Republican People’s Party, General Yaşar Güler-Chief of Staff, members of the Presidential Cabinet, Devlet Bahçeli-Leader of Nationalist Movement Party, Meral Akşener-Leader of Good Party, presidents of higher judicial bodies, commanders in chief of armed forces, representatives of political parties, bureaucrats and other high state officals were present in the cortege led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
President Erdoğan laid a wreath with star and crescent motifs to Ataturk’s Mausoleum. After a moment of silence, Turkish National Anthem was sung.
Erdoğan and high state officials in protocol later went to the National Pact (Misak-ı Milli) Tower where Erdoğan signed Anıtkabir’s Private Ledger.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wrote the following on the ledger:
“Honorable Atatürk, today we are proud to celebrate the 97th Anniversary of the Great Victory. We remember firstly, Your Excellency, all our commanders, officers, soldiers and each and every member of our nation with gratitude, who have contributed to this great victory which is one of the golden circles of our history.
We are determined to protect this Republic which rose upon our august martyrs’ sacrifices and which was entrusted to us by You, at the cost of our lives. The bitter struggle we are currently conducting against threats that are targeting our national survival both within and outside our borders is the proof of that. No power will be able to withhold Turkey from reaching its 2023 goals. May You rest in peace.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accepted congratulations on the occasion of August 30 Victory Day and Turkish Armed Forces Day.
Erdoğan went to the Presidential Palace after the ceremony held at Anıtkabir within the context of the 97th Anniversary of the Great Victory.
Mustafa Şentop-Speaker of the GNAT, Fuat Oktay-Vice President, İsmail Rüştü Cirit-President of the Court of Cassation, Zerrin Güngör-President of the Council of State, Seyit Ahmet Baş-President of the Court of Accounts, General Yaşar Güler-Chief of Staff, General Ümit Dündar-Commander of Turkish Land Forces, Admiral Adnan Özbal-Commander of Turkish Naval Forces, General Hasan Küçükakyüz-Commander of Turkish Air Forces, General Arif Çetin- Commander of Turkish Gendarmerie Forces, Commodore Ahmet Kendir-Commander of Coast Guard, Cabinet members including Abdulhamit Gül-Minister of Justice, Ziya Selçuk-Minister of National Education, Fahrettin Koca-Minister of Health, Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk-Minister of Labor, Social Services and Family, Murat Kurum-Minister of Environment and Urban Planning, Süleyman Soylu-Minister of Internal Affairs, Hulusi Akar-Minister of National Defence, Mustafa Varank-Minister of Industry and Technology, Bekir Pakdemirli-Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu-Minister of Youth and Sports, Ruhsar Pekcan-Minister of Trade, Devlet Bahçeli-Leader of Nationalist Movement Party, Deputy Speakers and Members of the GNAT, Mehmet Naci Bostancı-Chairman of Justice and Development Party Group, Sadi Güven-President of Supreme Election Council, Mehmet Yılmaz-Deputy President of the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors and members of higher judicial bodies, Metin Kıratlı-Head of Administrative Affairs of the Presidency, Naci Ağbal-Head of Strategy and Budget of the Presidency, Fahrettin Altun-Head of Communication, Yekta Saraç-President of the Council of Higher Education, Mustafa Aktaş-Director General of Public Security, Vasip Şahin-Governor of Ankara, Mansur Yavaş-Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, Metin Feyzioğlu-President of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, lieutenant generals and vice admirals, brigadiers and commodores and bureaucrats presented their congratulations at the ceremony held at the main building entrance of the Presidential Palace.
On the other hand, chiefs of foreign missions, several Ambassadors including Aleksey Yerhov-Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ankara, David Michael Satterfield-Ambassador of the United States to Ankara congratulated Erdoğan on the occasion of August 30 Victory Day.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hosted a reception as the “Commander in Chief” on the occasion of August 30 Victory Day and Turkish Armed Forces Day at the Presidential Palace.
President Erdoğan attended the reception held at the Presidential Palace’s “pool garden” with his wife Emine Erdoğan.
A short movie that was prepared specially by the Presidency for August 30 Victory Day and Turkish Armed Forces Day was screened at the reception.
Martyrs were commemorated at the movie, from the Battle of Malazgirt till the War of Independence and July 15th with an emphasis on “we share the same spirit”.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech after Millet Mosque’s Imam Adem Kemaneci chanted Koran.
After the speech, Erdoğan couple toured the reception area and greeted the guests.
Erdoğan couple chatted with Mustafa Şentop-Speaker of the GNAT, Devlet Bahçeli-Leader of Nationalist Movement Party, Meral Akşener-Leader of Good Party, Doğu Perinçek-Leader of Patriotic Party, Tansu Çiller-Former Prime Minister and her husband Özer Çiller and martyrs’ relatives and their souvenir photos were taken.