April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children’s Day is being celebrated across Turkey.

Joy of Children’s Day embraces Turkey
Posted 23.04.2012 08:26:49 UTC
Updated 23.04.2012 09:21:22 UTC

The Mausoleum of Atatürk was the first venue of the Children’s Day celebrations in capital Ankara.

A delegation led by Education Minister Ömer Dinçer was the first guests of the Atatürk’s Mausoleum.

Dinçer placed a wreath on the Atatürk’s Mausoleum and stand in silence.

Ömer Dinçer then signed the Mausoleum Guest Book,

Dinçer said in his message, “This historic day, which is a milestone in our nation’s fate and in the course of the National Independence War, is also a landmark in the struggle given for an independent, free and developed Turkey where the future generations will live in.”

Children coming from every corner of Turkey were at the Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Atatürk.

State dignitaries also met at the Anitkabir

A delegation headed by Turkish Grand National Assembly Speaker Cemil Çiçek was also joined by Deputy Prime Ministers Bekir Bozdağ and Beşir Atalay as well as Republican People’s Party (CHP) Leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, National Movement Party (MHP) Leader Devlet Bahçeli and numerous deputies.

Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek placed a wreath on the Atatürk’s Mausoleum.

Mr. Çiçek, then proceeded to the National Pact Tower to sign the Anitkabir Special Guest Book.

Çiçek said in his message,

“Great Atatürk, We feel gratitude for our Republic, our democracy and the gains you have left for us. Turkish Grand National Assembly will be working for the development of our country and for the rise of the Republic, like it was during its century-old history.

Our main goal is to carry our country to a more developed stage with an enhanced democracy based on fundamental rights and liberties as well as reaching the level of contemporary civilizations.”