26 February 2017
Dear MATA iPage Admin,
The Turkish-American Community of Maryland remembers the Founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on the 78th anniversary of his death, with gratitude, compassion, respect, and pride.
"I am not leaving a spiritual legacy of dogmas, unchangeable petrified directives. My spiritual legacy is science and reason...What I wanted to do and what I tried to achieve for the Turkish Nation is quite evident. If those people who wish to follow me after I am gone take reason and science as their guides they will be my true spiritual heirs."
--- Atatürk's reply to the Minister of Education Dr. ReŞit Galip, quoted by H. S. Tanrıover
Ataturk's Biography (video); Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture:
Funeral Tribute Video:
For those of our non-Turkish friends, below is an explanation of the origin and meaning of the holiday.
At 09:05, on the 10th of November, 1938, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk died at the Dolmabache Palace, in Istanbul, henceforth, ending his 15 year Presidency of Turkey. Atatürk's funeral called forth both sorrow and pride in Turkey, and 17 countries sent special representatives, while nine contributed armed detachments to the cortège. Mustafa Kemal's remains were originally laid to rest in the Ethnography Museum of Ankara, but transferred, 15 years later, on 10 November 1953, to the Anıtkabir Mausoleum, which overlooks the city.
The Maryland American Turkish Association (MATA), Inc., was founded in 1964; and was incorporated in the State of Maryland, in 1967, as a 501(c)(3) compliant, not for profit, charitable, cultural, and educational organization, dedicated to furthering Turkish-American relations in Maryland. MATA is a local public charity (PC), whose goal is to convey a sense of community to those interested in the Turkish culture. ---Board of Directors