Anıtkabir, the final resting place of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic, was flooded with visitors on April 23, National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.
Anıtkabir was opened to the public after official ceremonies attended by Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer, students and state officials chaired by Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Şentop.
Citizens of all ages, waiting at the entrance to the Mediterranean and Anatolian gates of Anıtkabir, stood in front of Atatürk with posters and Turkish flags.
It is seen that some of the visitors, who left the flowers in Ataturk’s Mausoleum, took a moment of silence and some read prayers.
The visitors, who followed with interest the ceremony held by the military during the changing of the guard, took souvenir photos on the place of the ceremony.
Nuri Güven, a farmer who visited Anıtkabir with his wife Ayşe Güven, said that they came to Ankara yesterday and came to Anıtkabir in the early hours of the morning to visit Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Ceyda Avcı, a retired kindergarten teacher, also said that she came to visit Anıtkabir with her granddaughter Timur Onur and celebrated National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on April 23. Expressing that she wanted to instill Atatürk’s love in her grandchildren, Avcı said that they would continue to follow in Atatürk’s footsteps based on his principles and reforms.
Mustafa Doruk Odabaşı, a primary school student who came to visit Anıtkabir with his family from Kocaeli, also said that April 23 is a very special day and thanked Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk for giving this day to children.