ATASC Celebrates 19th of May Youth and Ataturk Rememberance Day – ATASC Bayram events ATASC 19 Mayis Genclik ve Ataturk Anma Bayraminizi Kutlar – ATASC Bayram Etkinlikleri

On May 19th, we will celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the start of the Turkish Independence War.On this day in 1919, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk arrived in Samsun to start an independence war to save Turkish lands.

The country was defeated by Allied Forces during WWI, the army was disbanded, Istanbul was under invasion by British, and there were plans to divide the motherland amongst the British, French, Italy, Greeks, Armenians, The Ottoman Sultan was cooperating with the invaders to keep his post. Under these very difficult conditions, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk travelled to Samsun to start the Turkish independence movement. The rest is history. We defeated the biggest colonial powers of the time, founded the secular Turkish Republic and established a democratic society. We all owe our education and prosperity to the heroes and martrys who rose up to the challenge under our incomparable leader Ataturk.

ATASC prepared multiple events to help celebrate Youth and Ataturk Rememberence Day for you. Come join us and let us enjoy this day as a community.


Saturday May 19, 2012

Los Angeles (LATAA)


San Diego (ATASC-SD)


Ventura County (VATAN-SC)

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Orange County (OCTAA)


Please visit chapter websites or facebook pages to get more details.


Ataturk’s Speech to the Youth as he dedicated this day to Turkish Youth and appointed them as the protector of the Republic.

Turkish Youth, Your first duty is to preserve and to defend Turkish Independence and the Turkish Republic forever. This is the very foundation of your existence and your future. This foundation is your most precious treasure. In the future, too, there may be malevolent people at home and abroad, who will wish to deprive you of this treasure. If some day you are compelled to defend your independence and your Republic, you must not hesitate to weigh the possibilities and circumstances of the situation before doing your duty. These possibilities and circumstances may turn out to be extremely unfavorable. The enemies conspiring against your independence and your Republic may have behind them a victory unprecedented in the annals of the world.

It may be that, by violence and trickery, all the fortresses of your beloved fatherland may be captured, all its shipyards occupied, all its armies dispersed and every corner of the country invaded. And sadder and graver than all these circumstances, those who hold power within the country may be in error, misguided and may even be traitors. Furthermore, they may identify personal interests with the political designs of the invaders. The country may be impoverished, ruined and exhausted. Youth of Turkey’s future, even in such circumstances it is your duty to save Turkish Independence and the Republic. You will find the strength you need in your noble blood.

Best Regards,

ATASC Board of Directors