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In the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey, Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of our country, was commemorated at Atatürk University with various activities and programmes held on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of his death.

Atatürk University Rector Prof. Dr. Ömer Çomaklı attended the 10 November Atatürk Commemoration Programme, which started with the presentation of wreaths to the Atatürk Monument at Havuşbaşı. In the programme, which was held with the participation of state officials, when the clocks showed 9:5, a two-minute silence was held accompanied by sirens and then the flags were lowered to half-mast with the reading of the National Anthem.

Ceremony was held at Atatürk Youth and Science Monument

While a commemoration programme was held at Atatürk University at the same time, vice-rectors, deans of faculties, academic and administrative staff, students and citizens attended the ceremony held at Atatürk Youth and Science Monument. The commemoration programme started with a speech titled Understanding Atatürk by Prof. Dr. İsmail Eyyupoğlu, a lecturer at the Institute of Atatürk's Principles and History of Turkish Revolution, and a poem titled Teacher Atatürk by Alperen Almak, a student at the Faculty of Tourism, and ended with the presentation of a wreath to the monument by Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Turgut Göğebakan, a moment of silence and the reading of the National Anthem.

Commemoration Programme Continued at 15 July National Will Hall

Following the ceremonies, the 10th of November Atatürk Commemoration Programme was organised by the Governorship of Erzurum at Atatürk University Cultural Centre 15 July National Will Hall; In addition to Atatürk University Rector Prof. Dr. Ömer Çomaklı, Erzurum Governor Mustafa Çiftçi, Ak Party Erzurum MP Selami Altınok, 9. Corps and Garrison Commander Major General Tevfik Algan, Deputy Mayor of Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality Fevzi Polat, Provincial Gendarmerie Commander Metin Düz, Provincial Police Chief Kadir Yırtar and institutional chiefs, relatives of martyrs, veterans, NGO representatives, parents, students and many guests attended the programme.

The programme started with the speech of Muhammet Totik, Turkish Language and Literature Teacher, on the meaning and importance of the day, and continued with the recitation of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk-themed poems by the students and the speech of First Lieutenant Ali Haydar Uyanmış, who was assigned by the 9th Corps and Garrison Command on behalf of the Turkish Armed Forces. The programme ended with the Atatürk Oratorio prepared by Mecidiye Anatolian High School students and the performance of Atatürk's favourite folk songs by Raci Alkır Fine Arts High School students.

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