Ceremonies will be held throughout Turkey today to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the death of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk at 9:05am on 10th November 1938.

1881 - 1938

Regardless of where Turkish people are and what they are doing, many millions will observe a minute’s silence at precisely 9:05 a.m.

Like every village, town and city in Turkey, there will also be a solemn ceremony in Fethiye.


It is also probable that, as in previous years, the municipality will sound sirens for one minute at the appointed time.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was born in 1881 in Thessaloniki, in present-day Greece.

He played crucial and heroic roles in the Balkan Wars, World War I and the War of Independence.

But he is chiefly remembered for founding the Turkish Republic and instituting wide-reaching reforms that in many ways modernized the country.

Atatürk died at Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul, at 9:05am on 10th November 1938.

Finally, with great ceremony and solemnity, on 10th November 1953, the Turkish Republic’s first leader was finally laid to rest in Anıtkabir, a magnificent mausoleum especially built for him in Ankara.

Tomorrow there will be official ceremonies at Anıtkabir and the Domabahçe Palace.