THO commemorates the great statesman and the founder of Republic, Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, with respect and gratitude 

Today marks 78 years since the passing of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Republic of Turkey’s founder and its first President. As leader of a resistance movement that prevailed against the threat of foreign occupation during the Turkish War of Independence, Ataturk holds a special place in the hearts and history of the Turkish nation. Every year on November 10th at 9:05 am – the date and time of his passing – Turkey pauses to remember his legacy and honor his memory. 

Today we remember the sacrifices made by Ataturk and his compatriots in defense of a nation struggling for its independence. It has now been 93 years since the Republic of Turkey was founded in the aftermath of the Ottoman Empire’s collapse and the First World War. Over the decades, Turkey has grown as a nation to become a leading actor on the world stage. It has seen considerable trials and tribulations along the way, most recently in the form of an attempted coup on July 15th, 2016. 

In the face of what sometimes seem to be unsurmountable challenges, the Turkish people have shown courage, vision, and determination. Today, as we honor the memory of Turkey’s founder, we also honor the strength of the Turkish people. 

Both the U.S. and the Republic of Turkey were founded on the ideals of democracy and sovereignty. Both countries have fought throughout their histories to realize those ideals. The strong relationship between the U.S. and Turkey is crucial to the realization of peace and prosperity not just in both countries but across the world.