Turkey Remembers Founding Leader 74th Anniversary of Death
The founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, was commemorated with ceremonies held throughout the country on Saturday, the 74th anniversary of his death.
Official ceremonies commemorating Atatürk's death began with President Abdullah Gül laying a wreath at Anıtkabir, the Turkish leader's mausoleum in Ankara. Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek, Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and many other political figures attended the ceremony which was marked by heavy rain. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan did not attend the ceremony since he is currently on an official foreign trip.
There was also a ceremony held at Dolmabahçe Palace, where Ataturk died at 9:05 a.m. on Nov. 10, 1938.
Atatürk was born in 1881 in Thessalonica, in present-day Greece. While his wartime record in the Balkan Wars, World War I and the War of Independence is outstanding, he is chiefly remembered for founding the Turkish Republic and the modernizing reforms that he instituted.
Atatürk died at Dolmabahçe Palace, in İstanbul on Nov. 10, 1938, finally succumbing to cirrhosis of the liver. His body was first taken to a temporary resting place at the Ethnography Museum in Ankara on Nov. 21, 1938. When his mausoleum was completed, he was interred with a grand ceremony on Nov. 10, 1953.
During his presidency, Atatürk embarked upon a program of political, economic and cultural reform. An admirer of the Enlightenment, he sought to transform the former Ottoman Empire into a modern, democratic and secular nation-state. The principles of Atatürk's reforms, upon which Turkey was established, are referred to as Kemalism. (Cihan/Today's Zaman)


Representatives of government walks on the way to Anitkabir(Tomp of Atatürk)
Representatives Yagmur under the rain
The enter the Anitkabir
Turkish President Abdullah Gul Lies a wreath to mausoleum of Ataturk
Moment of silence
Reciting the National Anthem of Turkey
Leaving of Anitkabir
Visitors in the Dolmabahce Palace
Visitors are waiting with carnations to visit Atatürks room where the Atatürk died
Bed where Atatürk breathed his last breath
Visitors take their positions
Visitors are taking picture with soldiers
Government protocol in front of the Atatürk's bed in the Dolmabahce Palace

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