Turkey celebrates 97th anniversary of Victory Day
From Aug. 26 to Aug. 30 of 1922, Turkish forces fought the Battle of Dumlupinar in Turkey’s western Kutahya province, where the invading Greek army was decisively defeated.
By the end of 1922, all foreign forces had left the territories which would collectively become the new Republic of Turkey one year later.
TURKISH DEFEAT OF FOREIGN FORCES
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a message on Thursday to mark the 97th anniversary of Victory Day, a key Turkish defeat of Greek forces in the country’s War of Independence.
Describing the victory in 1922 as a declaration of will for independence, Erdoğan said: "Our nation is ready to show the same sacrifice and courage for the sake of this homeland today as it did yesterday."
Erdoğan also honored Mustafa Kemal Atatürk -- the founder of the Republic of Turkey -- and wished divine mercy upon those who lost their lives in the battle.