Türkiye's Victory Day celebrations ignite fervour on 101st anniversary

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People across Türkiye celebrate Victory Day, marking the defeat of occupying Greek troops against Turkish forces led by the country's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on August 30, 1922.

The Battle of Dumlupinar was part of the Great Offensive launched by the Turkish Armed Forces on August 26, 1922, under the leadership of Ataturk and ended on September 18 that year. / Photo: AA

"Dear Ataturk, we are proud of reaching the 101 years of patrol of the great victory you describe as the immortal monument of the Turkish nation's idea of freedom and independence." Diving documentary producer and cinematographer Tahsin Ceylan and his team, who specialise in underwater filming, dove into where a 45-ton Turkish Armed Forces tank sunk six years ago in the district of Kas in Antalya.

Balloons carrying Turkish flags one after another rising into the sky created a colourful scene for tourists taking photographs among the fairy chimneys in the region.In Cappadocia, hot air balloons commonly used for touristic tours took flight adorned with Turkish flags. They received hearty applause from the citizens gathered on the shoreline. With the support of the citizens, the divers brought the flag ashore accompanied by cheers.A group of divers performed a "victory dive" with a Turkish flag and an Atatürk poster in Kocaeli province.

In the concert held in the front courtyard of the TBMM, the Janissary Band took the stage first and the Turkish Armed Forces Harmony Band concluded the concert.

 

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