Today is the 78th anniversary of the death of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and many people will attend memorials which will celebrate the life of what many people view as Turkey’s founding father.

After a long illness Ataturk’s death certificate; signed by nine medical professors, officially declared that the founder and President of the Turkish Republic had died at 09:05 local time on November 10, 1938 in the state residence of Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul.

After his death Ataturk’s casket was placed inside a specially built white marmor sarcophagus and was covered with a Turkish flag at the Ethnography Museum of Ankara.

Officials planned a monumental mausoleum for Ataturk at the topmost hill in Ankara, Rasattepe as it was called at that time.  During the fifteen years required for the mausoleum’s construction, the Ethnography Museum of Ankara became Ataturk’s temporary resting place.

Although today is called Remembrance Day; it is not on official holiday.  Every year, all of Turkey observes a moment of silence on November 10 to honor Ataturk’s memory.  At 9:05, sirens usually go off across the country.  Everyone stops and keeps silence for a minute, remembering Ataturk and his accomplishments. Many people will also lay flowers and wreaths at Ataturk’s memorials.


Source:  Ege Eye

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