Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

“The spirit of May 19th endure forever”

18.05.2017 / Ankara

TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that the May 19th spirit reflects the character of our nation in his statement for May 19th Atatürk Commemoration, Youth and Sports Day, and said, “Our nation with its independent spirit achieved one of the greatest victories in history with the War of Independence, which started on May 19th. The torch that the Veteran Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his friends lit 98 years ago will never fade.”​

Hisarcıklıoğlu's statement is as follows:

"May 19th, 1919, is one of the most special pages of our glorious history. On that date, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk sowed the seeds of independence in our lands under occupation by invasion forces; the whole world has seen how these seeds have found purchase and bloomed as independence flowers all over our country.

The young people of this country and the new generations they will raise are the greatest protectors and owners of our country.

In the footsteps of great Atatürk, who trusted in youth and saw our future in them; as the Turkish business community we say: Turkey's entrepreneurial young people, their superior intellect, are our greatest security in race of civilizations.

Let none doubt that our youth people will carry us onto bright tomorrows.

With these sentiments and thoughts I celebrate the May 19th Atatürk Commemoration, Youth and Sports Day; I once again remember our veterans and martyrs with respect and gratitude.”

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