Ottoman Flag Received at the Opening of Çanakkale Bridge

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Received the Ottoman Flag at the Opening of the Çanakkale Bridge
Recep Tayyip Erdogan Received the Ottoman Flag at the Opening of the Çanakkale Bridge

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who attended the 107th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony of the Çanakkale Victory held at the Martyrs' Monument, kissed the Ottoman flag brought to Turkey from an auction from England and held it to his head. The resulting images moved everyone emotionally. On March 25, 1893, the sanjak belonging to the Ottoman unit under the command of Major Yusuf Bey, who went to help the Ottoman fortress in Qatar, was brought to our country by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

A ceremony was held at the Martyrs' Monument in the Historical Site of the Gallipoli Peninsula, on the occasion of the 18 March Martyrs' Day and the 107th anniversary of the Çanakkale Naval Victory. The flag of the Ottoman soldiers was presented to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who attended the ceremony.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Received the Ottoman Flag at the Opening of the Çanakkale Bridge
Recep Tayyip Erdogan Received the Ottoman Flag at the Opening of the Çanakkale Bridge

President Erdoğan, who received the flag of the Ottoman soldiers who were brought to Turkey from the auction in England with the contributions of the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy and who went to help the Ottoman fortress in Qatar on March 25, 1893, kissed it and placed it on his forehead. It was seen that President Erdoğan was emotional while receiving the banner.

Speaking on behalf of the Turkish Armed Forces, the Commander of the 2nd Corps, Major General Rasim Yaldız, emphasized that 107 years ago today, it was shown to the whole world that the Dardanelles Strait cannot be crossed by sea. Providing information about the details of the Çanakkale Wars, Yaldız said:

“The Dardanelles Wars, in which countless examples of determination, courage and self-sacrifice were displayed against the whole world, are one of the best examples of what the noble Turkish nation can withstand and what it can achieve even under the most difficult conditions when it comes to the integrity and independence of the homeland. The level our country has reached today is the work of our saintly martyrs and heroic veterans who lost their lives primarily in the Çanakkale and Independence Wars, as well as in Korea, Cyprus, the fight against terrorists and the operations carried out across the border. The fire that our saintly martyrs lit in our hearts is an endless source of our unwavering faith and inexhaustible strength in our struggle against all kinds of threats to our homeland. All threats to the holy homeland of our enemies and terrorist organizations, who covet the unity of our country, will be eliminated by the noble Turkish nation and our glorious army inspired by our martyrs and heroic veterans, who came out of its bosom, as it was yesterday.”

Stating that Çanakkale cannot be crossed forever, Yaldız said that they commemorate Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his comrades, those who fell martyrs for the homeland, and veterans who lost their lives with mercy and gratitude.

On March 25, 1893, the flag belonging to the Ottoman soldiers under the command of Major Yusuf Bey, who went to help the Ottoman fortress in Qatar, was brought to Turkey from an auction in England with the contributions of the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy.

The historical banner was presented to President Erdoğan by Minister Ersoy at the ceremony. President Erdoğan kissed the flag and placed it on his forehead and handed it over to the Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar. Akar kissed the flag three times and put it on his forehead and took delivery. At the ceremony, the Imam of the Büyük Çamlıca Mosque, Kerim Öztürk, recited the Qur'an, and Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs, prayed for the martyrs of Çanakkale. After signing the Martyrdom Memoir, President Erdoğan left carnations at the cemeteries with his entourage. – Turkey Newspaper

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