Turkey celebrates today the 95th anniversary of Victory Day. August 30 marks the Turkish victory against Greek forces at the Battle of Dumlupınar, the final battle of the War of Independence in 1922.
Today’s celebrations begin with an official ceremony at Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, with the attendance of political leaders, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and military commanders.
Following his attendance of the ceremony at Anıtkabir, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will host a reception later in the evening at the presidential complex in Ankara to mark the day.
Erdogan released a message on Tuesday and said, “Turkey pursues the same determination to defeat any threats, attacks or attempts for sabotage against its economic and political independence as it did 95 years ago.”
Victory Day was won under the leadership of Atatürk. The victory over the Greek military on August 30, 1922 was the last large engagement between the two armies. The war began with the Greek invasion of İzmir in May 1919 after the end of World War I, with tacit support from the Allies, especially Great Britain.