Türkiye commemorated the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic on October 29, 1923, by its Founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The milestone was celebrated alongside Türkiye's remarkable achievements over the past century, highlighting breakthroughs in science, technology, and national unity.
A series of grand celebrations reverberated across various cities in Türkiye, mesmerizing spectators with special parades that showcased the nation's air force and navy, proudly displaying domestically manufactured warships and aircraft. The jubilant festivities dazzled the senses with vibrant illuminations, breathtaking fireworks, and captivating drone performances.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, joined by esteemed dignitaries, solemnly paid his respects to the revered Mustafa Kemal Atatürk at Anıtkabir, the hallowed mausoleum of the Founder of the Republic and the victorious leader of the War of Independence. As a touching homage, President Erdoğan reassured Atatürk, proclaiming, "Our country is in safe hands, you may rest in peace."
As part of the commemorative ceremony, the Turkish Air Force's acclaimed aerobatic demonstration team, SOLOTURK, took to the skies with a spellbinding flight demonstration over Anıtkabir in Ankara. Later in the day, President Erdoğan graced the "100 Pieces in the 100th Anniversary of the Republic" oil painting exhibition at the Presidential Complex, where he graciously received well-wishes and appreciation from attendees.
In the afternoon, President Erdoğan addressed the citizens on the occasion of Türkiye's 100th Republic Day anniversary in Istanbul. He emphasized that the Republic is embarking on its second century, which he referred to as the "Türkiye Century."
President Erdoğan expressed pride in Türkiye's strong and rich history as a nation, stating, "The Republic of Türkiye is a venerable treasure that has been passed from hand to hand, from heart to heart, and from generation to generation for thousands of years."
He extended his gratitude to all the veterans, particularly Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, as well as the heroic members of Parliament and the armed forces. “I wish success to our security forces who selflessly serve inside and outside our borders for the perpetuity of our homeland," President Erdoğan concluded.
President Erdoğan resolutely affirmed Türkiye's unwavering dedication to transform the second century of the Republic into an era of global significance, guided by the visionary framework of the "Türkiye Century." With conviction, he underscored the nation's burgeoning economy, fortified democracy, elevated international standing, expanding sphere of influence, principled and forward-thinking foreign policy. President Erdoğan placed particular emphasis on Türkiye's pivotal role as a “guardian of the vulnerable", both domestically and on the international stage.
To mark the centennial anniversary of the Republic, Istanbul hosted a spectacular display of lights, fireworks, and drone performances in the Bosphorus strait, illuminating the sky with vibrant colors. The Turkish Stars and SOLOTURK teams conducted a special air show, symbolizing the excitement and pride of reaching this momentous milestone. The Turkish navy also held its largest-ever ceremonial parade, featuring the TCG Anadolu, Türkiye's largest domestically produced warship, accompanied by 100 other warships.
Furthermore, as part of the "100th Anniversary TOGG Convoy" event held in Istanbul, enthusiastic participants embarked on a symbolic journey across the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, proudly steering the revolutionary T10X model of TOGG, Türkiye's groundbreaking domestically produced electric cars.