Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day…One of the days with great importance in the history of Turkey is May 19, 1919. This significant date is the day when the foundations of the new Turkish state were laid. Atatürk started the Great Speech with this event and marked his birthday as May 19.
Atatürk set out for Samsun on this important day. The significance of May 19, 1919 lies in its being the first day of liberation of Anatolia from the occupation of imperialist states who sought to share it between themselves. In other words, May 19 is the day when the Turkish War of Independence started. With this day, a fully independent Turkish nation was saved from being kept captive. While the Turkish nation was looking for ways of liberation in challenging living conditions and an environment of depression, the Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk set foot on Samsun and paved the way for independence.
The fact that Atatürk dedicated this important day to the youth was a powerful sign of the first steps toward the new life of Turkey.
Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
In the run-up to the May 19 celebrations, young Turkish athletes carry the national flag from Samsun, a Black Sea port from where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk started Turkey’s War of Independence in 1919, to Ankara, the country’s capital. The marathon usually takes about 10 days. The Turkish president accepts the flag at a ceremony on May 19.
Various sports events take place on May 19 throughout Turkey. Many people celebrate this day by watching athletes perform at their local stadiums or by participating in sports events that are open to the public, such as half-marathons.
Many Turks also observe May 19 as Atatürk’s birthday. Although the exact date of his birth is not known, Atatürk used to say he was born on May 19 (referring to his political career). Many people lay wreaths to Atatürk’s monuments and hang Turkish flags outside their windows.
Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day Quotes and Messages
“All my hope is the youth” Atatürk
Happy May 19th Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day.
Today we are Celebrating the 103year Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day
“You, the rising new generation, the future is yours. We founded the republic, you are the ones to make it live forever.” Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK
May 19 is the day when our nation stood back up. May 19 is the first step taken towards freedom and independence,”
“We are going to leave everything to the hands of the youth. They are the future, and the lights adorned with flowers. All my hope is the youth” Atatürk
May 19 is the glorious story of the fire of independence ignited by our Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 103 years ago. Happy May 19, Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day!
While commemorating Atatürk and his brothers in arms with respect, I wholeheartedly wish everyone, particularly our youths, a happy 19 May Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day.
Happy May 19, Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day! On the 103rd anniversary of 19 May of 1919 – the beginning of our Independence War, we commemorate Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, all heroes and martyrs with endless gratitude.
We celebrate the 19th of May, Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day, the day of our battle for independence started and our hopes for freedom turned into faith, and also we commemorate our Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk with respect.
We commemorate our War of Independence heroes, especially Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of our Republic, with gratitude and gratitude. Aware that it is our greatest duty to deliver the Republic of Turkey to the next generations in the best possible way, I congratulate all our youth and our country on May 19, the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day.
“I’d like to direct my last words specifically to the youngsters of our homeland. Turkish Youth! You add on to and carry on our confidence. With the discipline and virtue you gain, you’ll be the most valuable reflection of humanity, love of homeland, and freedom of opinion. You, arising new generation! The future is yours. We formed the Republic; you’ll make it live on…” M. Kemal Atatürk
May 19, 1919 is the day Ghazi Mustafa Kemal started the National Struggle with the strength he derived from the Turkish nation’s belief in independence.
The Turkish Nation displayed unprecedented perseverance and courage during the War of Independence, shielded their homeland and flag with their own bodies, and won an epic victory.
With their gallantry and endeavors since the National Struggle, our youth have proven to be our country’s hope.
I celebrate the May 19 Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day and remember with respect all the heroes of our War of Independence, Ghazi Mustafa Kemal in particular.