Turkey marked the 93rd anniversary of the Battle of Dumlupinar, the final battle of the 1922 Turkish War of Independence, that declared the independence of the country.
An official ceremony took place in Ankara on Sunday. The Victory Day ceremony started with the participation of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, senior officials and high-ranking military staff, lying a wreath at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at Anitkabir.
"We are still fighting to maintain Anatolia as our eternal homeland," Erdogan told the crowd. "No internal or external power, threatening our existence will be able to cast a shadow over our independence and future."
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli did not attend the ceremony.
Erdogan wrote in the Anitkabir memorial guest book “no internal or external power that aims to threaten the country's existence will overshadow the independence and future of the country.”
Turkish Air Force’s Turkish Stars team showed off with a low-flying acrobatic display in the capital, Ankara.
Domestically produced military vehicles took part in the ceremony, along with the national tank produced by Turkey’s defense industry “Altay” and the advanced attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter produced by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) “ATAK” were displayed.
Besides the official ceremony at Anitkabir, there were many activities throughout Turkey on Sunday to celebrate Victory Day.
A ceremony took place at Ataturk Cultural Centre (AKM), which President Erdogan also attended. He waved at the crowd and waited to watch the ceremony in a cabriolet car. At the event, he said that he wants “one nation, one flag, one motherland, one state in Turkey.”
In Taksim Square and Vatan Street in Istanbul, formal ceremonies were held.
Turkey has been passing through tough days with increased fighting between the outlawed PKK, which is identified as a terrorist group by Turkey, the US, NATO and the EU. Due to the increase of PKK’s attacks, the Prime Minister’s Office declared on Friday that festivals, concerts and entertainment events were forbidden on Victory day.
“Due to the acts of terrorism that have been taking place in recent weeks, Aug. 30, Victory Day, will only be marked by wreath-laying activities and commemorations. Festivals, concerts and celebrations are prohibited from taking place on this day,” the circular said.