Today is Victory Day, marking the 85th anniversary of the Turkish victory in the Battle of Dumlupınar, the final battle in the 1922 Turkish War of Independence.
Today will be celebrated in ceremonies all across Turkey's 81 provinces. The Office of the Chief General Staff will be holding a reception for state bureaucrats, members of Parliament and government representatives in the evening.
Some politicians had already released messages to mark the day on Wednesday. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his Victory Day message congratulated all members of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the Republic of Turkey for the Aug. 30 victory and expressed his respect for the martyrs lost in the War of Independence.
Sadullah Ergin, the Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) deputy chairman, in a statement to mark Victory Day said the date was the end of a long military struggle and the start of the country's fight for development. He said that Turkey was experiencing the excitement of celebrating the anniversary of the nation and the heroic armed forces' defeat of imperialist powers.
"With this victory, in unity, togetherness and a sense of our national sovereignty, our nation has given an unforgettable lesson to those wishing to erase it from the stage of history; set an example for other oppressed peoples; and shown the entire world that it will not give up its independence and freedom until the end of time," the message read.
On this day in 1922, the fifth day of a massive attack against invading Greek armies, the Turkish army under the command of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk defeated the Greek forces at Dumlupınar (in the Kütahya province). This final victory determined the result of the War of Independence. Within a few weeks, the Turkish mainland was completely liberated, an armistice signed and the rule of the Ottoman dynasty abolished.
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