On 25th October 2018, The Turkish Republic Day was celebrated at NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Greece (NRDC-GR), in commemoration of the 95th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey, with a flag raising ceremony which took place in front of the main building of the Headquarters at Pedion Areos Camp in Thessaloniki. The event honored with their presence the Deputy Commander NRDC-GR Major General Ivan ORTOMAROV, the Turkish General Consul Mr. Orhan Yalman OKAN, distinguished guests and the entire staff of the HQ.
Major Ahmet Ali Emre SARIGOZ, as Senior National Representative of Turkey in NRDC-GR during his speech, mentioned that the history of the Republic Day dates back to the 1920s. After the Turkish Independence War, on the 29th of October 1923, the status of the Nation was declared as a republic and its official name “the Republic of Turkey”. After that, a vote was held in the Grand National Assembly and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was elected as the first President of the Republic of Turkey. Since then, every year, the 29th of October is celebrated as Republic Day in Turkey.
He highlighted the significant role of Turkey, as an important contributor to the world peace throughout its membership to NATO as well as its stabilizing role to the region. Additionally, he added that Turkey attaches importance to the continuation of NATO’s principal role throughout European-Atlantic region and preservation of its characteristic of being a transatlantic forum on which member nations have politico-military consultations on subjects concerning security.
He concluded his speech expressing his gratitude to the participants of the ceremony for their presence and to Greece as Host Nation for the hospitality provided to him. The ceremony closed with a small reception, in the HQ’s premises.