On August 30, 1922, the Turkish army led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk won the Battle of Dumlupinar, paving the way for modern Turkey’s triumph in its struggle for independence from the occupation of French, British, Italian, and Greek forces.
In remembrance of this pivotal battle in the Turkish War for Independence and in recognition of the great sacrifices made on the road to the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, every year, Turkey celebrates August 30 as “Victory Day” (Zafer Bayrami) with nationwide ceremonies, parades, and concerts.
In recognition of this very special day, the Turkish Armed Forces also hold their graduation ceremonies from military academies every August 30.
THO sends its best wishes to the people of Turkey and graduating military officers on Victory Day and commemorates the valor of and sacrifices made by those who struggled for – and eventually won – Turkey’s independence more than 90 years ago.
Photo: Col. Sean Gallagher, left, 39th Mission Support Group commander, and Turkish air force Lt. Col. Abdullah Demirel, 101st Air Refueling Squadron commander, salute a monument of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk during the Ataturk Memorial Day Ceremony Nov. 10, 2012, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The ceremony brought members from across the base together to honor Ataturk, the founder and first president of modern Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Lenhardt/Released)