98th Anniversary of Turkey's Great Victory
by Elif Çomoğlu Ülgen, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in South Africa
30 August 2020
On 30 August this year, the Republic of Turkey proudly celebrates the 98th Anniversary of the “Great Victory” of the Turkish Nation.
Led by Mustafa Kemal, the epic War of Independence started in 1919 in Samsun, to culminate in victory on 30 August 1922, with the Field Battle of Commander-in-Chief. This victory was the attestation of our nation’s unyielding will to live independently on its homeland and paved the way for the proclamation of the Turkish Republic.
On this Victory Day, I would like to pay my deepest respects and gratitude to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey and to all fallen heroes in arms who sacrificed their lives for the independence of our homeland.