The 107th anniversary of the Çanakkale Naval Victory was celebrated all over the world. Ceremonies, various events, and conferences were held in many European countries on the occasion of the 18 March Martyrs’ Day and the 107th anniversary of the Çanakkale Naval Victory. Many events were held in Yunus Emre Institute’s centers around the world to commemorate the Çanakkale martyrs.
A PROGRAM WITH THE THEME ‘’LIBERTY IN LANGUAGES, AKİF IN HEARTS’’
A program themed ‘’Liberty in Languages, Akif in Languages’’ was held at the Turkish Embassy in Dublin as part of the March 18 Martyrs’ Day, the 107th anniversary of the Çanakkale Naval Victory, and Mehmet Akif Ersoy Memorial Day.
At the ceremony hosted by Turkey’s Ambassador to Dublin, Hakan Olcay, all the soldiers who were martyred in the Battle of Çanakkale and those who were martyred in the fight against terrorist organizations PKK and FETO were commemorated with respect, gratitude, and mercy.
Mehmet Akif Ersoy, the author of the Turkish National Anthem, was also commemorated at the ceremony.
In addition to the members of the embassy, Dublin Yunus Emre Institute and Turkish Airlines Dublin Office officials, and Turkish citizens living in Ireland attended the ceremony.
At the ceremony, which started with the singing of the National Anthem and a moment of silence, various speeches and film screenings were made based on the meaning and importance of the day.
CEREMONY ORGANIZED IN ROMANIA
On the occasion of the March 18 Martyrs’ Day and Çanakkale Naval Victory, a ceremony was organized at the Bucharest Turkish Cemetery in the Romanian capital.
At the ceremony organized by the Turkish Embassy in Bucharest, Turkey’s Ambassador Füsun Aramaz, and Military Attaché Colonel Alper Dilsiz made speeches on the meaning and importance of the day.
At the ceremony where the students read poems stating the meaning and importance of the day, prayers were also made for the martyrs.
‘’May God not let this nation write the National anthem again.’’
A ceremony was held at the Turkish Martyrdom Monument, built to commemorate the soldiers who were martyred during the conquest of Kamengrad by Fatih Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1463, near the city of Sanski Most in the northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sadık Babür Girgin, Turkey’s Ambassador to Sarajevo, and the delegation consisting of representatives of Turkish institutions later went to Musalla, where Fatih Sultan Mehmet performed Friday prayers together with his army, and prayed for the martyrs of Çanakkale.
Indicating that Mehmet Akif Ersoy had a good saying, Girgin said ‘’It is right for an ownerless country to sink, if you protect it, this country will not sink.’’
Explaining that the martyrs and veterans took care of the homeland with their lives, Girgin said, ‘’Today, we commemorate with gratitude to the heroic Turkish armed forces, security forces, and people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, all our martyrs who lost their lives in all wars, in the fight against terrorism.’’
Repeating Mehmet Akif Ersoy’s words and mentioning the wish for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Turkey, Girgin said, ‘’May God not let this nation write the National Anthem again.’’
‘’DİNSER ŞAHİN’S GELİBOLU PAINTINGS EXHIBITION IN BELGRADE
The opening of the ‘’Dinser Şahin’s Gelibolu Paintings’’ exhibition, organized by Yunus Emre Institute with the participation of Turkey’s Ambassador to Belgrade, Hami Aksoy, was held in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, at the celebration of March 18, Martyrs’ Day and Çanakkale Naval Victory.
CEREMONY FOR ÇANAKKALE NAVAL VICTORY IN AFGHANISTAN
A ceremony was held at the Aryana Boys’ High School of Afghan-Turkish Maarif Schools in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on the occasion of the March 18 Martyrs’ Day and the 107th anniversary of the Çanakkale Naval Victory.
Turkish Embassy in Kabul Undersecretary Emre Manav, TİKA Kabul Coordinator Zühtü Çal, Turkish Maarif Foundation (TMF) Afghanistan Representative Salih Sağır, Turkish Embassy in Kabul Military Attaché Colonel Sinan Uyar, Education Counselor Cengiz Aydemir, Kabul Yunus Emre Institute’s Directorate, and representatives of Turkish Red Crescent attended the ceremony.
The ceremony started with the recitation of the Quran for the souls of the martyrs.
In his speech at the ceremony, Aryana Boys’ High School of Afghan-Turkish Maarif Schools Principal İbrahim Fatih Güçlü said that despite the powerful weapons, Muslims taught a crucial lesson at the Battle of Çanakkale.
Remarking on unity and solidarity, Güçlü accentuated that the whole world was taught how to make history in the Battle of Çanakkale.
Military Attaché Uyar and Education Counselor Aydemir also made speeches about the Battle of Çanakkale and the heroism experienced.
Finally, TMF Afghanistan Directorate Counselor Halilullah Resuli, told about the support of the Afghan people in the Battle of Çanakkale.
The ceremony, which continued with a poetry recital, ended with the taking of a collective souvenir photo.
EVENT ORGANIZED FOR THE ÇANAKKALE NAVAL VICTORY IN LEBANON
Beirut Yunus Emre Institute held a commemoration ceremony in consequence of March 18 Martyrs’ Day and the 107th anniversary of Çanakkale Naval Victory.
Turkey’s Ambassador to Beirut Ali Barış Ulusoy, Yunus Emre Institute Coordinator İbrahim Furkan Özdemir, TİKA Lebanon Coordinator Orhan Aydın, head of Department of Turkology of Lebanese University Savsan Ağababa, Turkology students, and lecturers attended the ceremony.
In his speech at the ceremony, Ambassador Ulusoy said, ‘’We are here to commemorate all our martyrs of soldiers, policemen, diplomats, and teachers, who made great history and recorded great heroism in Yemen, the Aegean, Cyprus, and Southeastern Anatolia in the War of Independence.’’
Stating that the epic of Çanakkale, written under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, has always remained fresh in the nation’s memory, Ulusoy said that despite the years passed, the victory has still remembered with enthusiasm.
Emphasizing that the Çanakkale Victory was an epic representing deep brotherhood, Ambassador Ulusoy said ‘’It is a glorious victory that reveals the sacrifices that our nation can make to protect its independence, honor, and homeland in defiance of great impossibilities.’’
Ulusoy also thanked Yunus Emre Institute for hosting the event.
The event ended with the speech of the Head of the Department of Turkology of Lebanese University Ağababa and poems read by the students.
GREAT INTEREST IN THE CEREMONY IN MOROCCO
Turkish Embassy in Rabat and Rabat Yunus Emre Institute Turkish Culture Center held a ceremony in Rabat, the capital of Morocco, regarding March 18 Martyrs’ Day and the 107th anniversary of the Çanakkale Naval Victory.
Ambassador Ahmet Aydın Doğan, Turkish Embassy in Rabat Military Attaché Erkan Gökbulak, Rabat Yunus Emre Institute Coordinator Ensar Fırat, representatives of Turkish institutions, Turkish businesspeople, and Turkish citizens living in Morocco attended the ceremony held at the residence of the Turkish Embassy in Rabat.
The ceremony, which started with a moment of silence in memory of the martyrs of Çanakkale, continued with the National Anthem and the recitation of the Quran.
Ambassador Doğan said, ‘’Today we commemorate our martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the unity and independence of the Turkish homeland. With the contributions of Rabat Yunus Emre Institute Turkish Cultural Center, we have had a great program.’’
Doğan noted that Turkish citizens living in Rabat and Casablanca participated in the program.
Poems from the Poet of Independence, Mehmet Akif Ersoy, were also read in the program where the cine-vision show describing the Battle of Çanakkale was held.
The photo album prepared by the Anadolu Agency for the Battle of Çanakkale was also exhibited in the program.
ÇANAKKALE MARTYRS COMMEMORATED IN DAKAR
A ceremony was held at Dakar Yunus Emre Institute regarding March 18 Martyrs’ Day and the 107th anniversary of Çanakkale Naval Victory.
Turkey’s Ambassador to Dakar Ahmet Kavas, Military Attaché of Turkey in Dakar Embassy Levent Sabahattin Güldağı, Dakar Yunus Emre Institute Director Merve Işık Elsıkma, representatives of Turkish institutions, and guests attended the ceremony.
The ceremony, which started with a moment of silence in memory of the martyrs of Çanakkale, continued with the performance of the National Anthem.
At the ceremony, Güldağı made a presentation in French about the Çanakkale Victory. Turkey’s Ambassador to Dakar, Kavas, also commemorated the martyrs of Çanakkale in his speech.
The program ended after the cocktail was given.