100th Anniversary of the Republic
The 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Türkiye was celebrated with special events across Türkiye, from Adana to Bursa, from Antalya to Edirne, from Ağrı to Aydın.
As part of the program to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic, a spectacular show was organized on the Bosphorus, with light, fireworks and drone shows. "Long live the Republic" and "Century of Türkiye" were written in the sky with drones, while the Turkish flag, map of Türkiye and Atatürk's silhouette were created. A total of 100 ships including frigates, island class corvettes, mine hunting ships, patrol ships, amphibious ships, assault boats, submarines and auxiliary class ships, including the TCG Anadolu, passed through the Bosphorus, and 101 guns were fired.
"The Republic of Türkiye is an enormous treasure that has been passed from hand to hand, from heart to heart and from generation to generation for thousands of years"
In his address on the 100th anniversary, President Erdoğan said, "The Republic of Türkiye is not, and never has been, a state without origins, a state without history, a state that is not autodidactic, and a state of obsolescence. The Republic of Türkiye is an immense treasure that has been passed from hand to hand, from heart to heart and from generation to generation for thousands of years. We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of our Republic with the pride of having such a strong, rich and deep-rooted accumulation as a nation."
President Erdoğan, together with his wife Emine Erdoğan, congratulated the Turks living in Türkiye and abroad on October 29th Republic Day in his speech at Vahdettin Mansion on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic.
Thanking those who shared the joy of the Republic Day around the world, President Erdoğan said: "As a nation, we have experienced and are experiencing a very different pride and excitement today. On October 29, 1923, we declared our Republic and today it completes its first century and sets sail for its second century, which we call the 'Century of Türkiye'. I wish that the 100th anniversary of the founding of our Republic, which we celebrate with glory, honor and joy, will be auspicious for our country and our nation. On this occasion, I wish Allah's mercy to our beloved martyrs who have fallen to the ground for the defense of the blessed homeland lands for a thousand years. I remember with gratitude all our veterans, especially Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of our Republic, the victorious commander of our War of Independence, and all the heroic members of our Parliament and our army. I wish success to our security forces who sacrificially serve inside and outside our borders for the survival of our homeland."
President Erdoğan said that they take not only lessons from the past but also strength from it. Stating that the Republic, whose 100th anniversary is being celebrated today, is both a source of pride and inspiration for them, President Erdoğan said: "Gazi Mustafa Kemal described the Republic he founded as follows: 'The Republic was not won for free. We shed blood to obtain it. We shed our red blood on every side." Yes, just as Gazi said, the Republic was proclaimed and built on the blood, lives and sacrifices of thousands of patriots. Our nation, which did not consent to captivity, abuse and impositions, victoriously won the National Struggle it started against the invaders who aimed at its independence and future, and then established the Republic on October 29, 1923."
Greater achievements in the new century
In his message, TÜBA President Prof. Dr. Muzaffer Şeker said, "I believe that we will achieve greater success in the next century with the vision of rising above the level of contemporary civilizations, and I congratulate the 100th anniversary of our republic. I know that the Academy will continue to do its part, and I wish many more centuries of peace and prosperity."