The 101st anniversary of the adoption of the National Anthem was celebrated with a ceremony held at Konak Atatürk Square in Izmir. The celebrations started with the commemoration march between Cumhuriyet Square and Konak Atatürk Square. President Soyer said, “The National Anthem became the hope of this country that was wanted to be taken into captivity. She became the symbol of the total struggle against imperialism, regardless of women, young, old or children.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality celebrated the 101st anniversary of the adoption of the National Anthem, the symbol of the independence struggle, with a ceremony held in Konak Atatürk Square. Before the ceremony, the people of Izmir marched from Cumhuriyet Square to Konak Atatürk Square accompanied by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Band. Korteje Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, CHP Izmir Provincial President Deniz Yücel, Konak Mayor Abdul Batur, Foça Mayor Fatih Gürbüz, Güzelbahçe Mayor Mustafa İnce, Balçova Mayor Fatma Çalkaya, Karaburun Mayor Ilkay Girgin Erdogan, Izmir City Council President prof. Dr. Adnan Oğuz Akyarlı, representatives of political parties, bureaucrats of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, members of parliament, representatives of non-governmental organizations, chambers and associations, headmen and citizens attended.
Izmir residents gathered in Konak Atatürk Square after the march, as well as Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Ödemiş, Tire, Torbalı, Karşıyaka, accompanied by the bands of the Seferihisar district municipalities and the choirs of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, sang the National Anthem in unison with enthusiasm.
Soyer: “He became the hope of the homeland”
Speaking at the square, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said that the National Anthem is a symbol of the unity, solidarity and independence of the Republic of Turkey. President Soyer said, “The National Anthem was born out of the epic of liberation, one of the greatest resistances in history. It was the hope of this country that was wanted to be taken into captivity. Regardless of women, young, old or children, she became the symbol of the total struggle against imperialism. Our National Anthem; It tells us that freedom is more precious than anything else and that the strongest resistance is for independence… It starts by saying 'don't be afraid'”. Referring to the regulation that opens olive groves to mining activities, President Soyer said, "Yes, we are not afraid, we are not afraid to defend our independence, to protect this paradise, to protect the heavenly nature of this paradise, to protect olive trees, we are not afraid, we will not be afraid."
“We bow before them with respect”
Stating that each line of this unique work written by Mehmet Akif Ersoy tells about the longing for freedom and the resistance for freedom along with the suffering of each individual of this occupied homeland, Soyer concluded his speech as follows:
“There are such intense emotions embroidered on every line in our anthem that we feel the spirit of the moments lived inside us every time. Our National Anthem, historically speaking, was accepted with the consent of a parliament established by a nation during the war. He revealed the national will of this homeland, which our saint heroes saved from captivity with their lives and blood. Especially our Leader Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who liberated these lands against those who tried to hinder our independence, Mehmet Akif Ersoy, who increased the resistance, struggle and hope with this unique work he wrote, Osman Zeki Üngör, who strengthened the value of this exceptional work with his composition, and all We commemorate our martyrs with gratitude and gratitude. We bow respectfully before the cherished memories of each of them. Bless their souls.