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Atatürk Memorials in the World

Because of his achievements in liberating his country and modernizing a remnant 19th century empire into a 20th century nation, and because of his efforts to bring peace to an inflamed region, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is held in high esteem throughout the world.

In 1981, the centennial year of his birth, the United Nations (UN) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recognized and acknowledged Atatürk for his exceptional efforts in leadership, reform, and peace-making efforts by adopting the Resolution on the Atatürk Centennial. The General Conference noted that Atatürk’s work “should serve as an example for future generations.” To further honor him, 1981 was declared as The Atatürk Year in the World. Atatürk is the only person to have received this designation. 

A memorial of Atatürk is placed in Sheridan Circle, Washington DC.

During World War I, Allied troops from Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) were sent to take control of the Gallipoli Peninsula, which would allow Allied fleets to capture Istanbul and provide safe passage through to the Black Sea.  Ottoman troops, led by Atatürk, fought back the invasions at very high cost to both sides. After the war in 1934, President Atatürk delivered the following comforting words during a memorial ceremony at Gallipoli to the mothers of the ANZAC soldiers who died there:   

Those heroes that shed their blood And lost their lives...
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore, rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side,
Here in this country of ours.
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries...
Wipe away your tears.
Your sons are now lying in our bosom And are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land,
they have become our sons as well.

These words of Atatürk are engraved on a memorial to the ANZAC troops at the Kemal Atatürk Memorial in Canberra, Australia,


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and the Anzac and Atatürk Memorial in Wellington, New Zealand.  


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In addition, Albany, Australia, has dedicated Atatürk Channel, which lies between King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour, and placed a large statue of Atatürk overlooking the channel.  The pedestal reads: “M. Kemal Atatürk, Peace at Home, Peace in the World.”


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There is a statue of Atatürk in Kushimoto, Japan, to honor the close ties that the two countries have, commemorating Japan’s rescue of shipwrecked Ottoman sailors from the frigate Ertugrul in 1890 and Turkey’s rescue of stranded Japanese in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war in 1985.


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There is a memorial of Atatürk in front of the Odeon Theatre in Bucharest, Romania, and another in Plaza Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Santiago, Chile.  The city of Caracas, Venezuela, has placed a statue in Plaza Kemal Atatürk.  

There are statues, avenues, parks, a children’s hospital, and a park center dedicated to Atatürk in Lorton, Virginia; Havana, Cuba; New Delhi, India; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Islamabad, Pakistan; Larkana, Pakistan; Baku, Azerbaijan; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Ofer Forest, Israel; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Northern Cyprus; and Kabul, Afghanistan.  Madame Tussauds in London displays a wax statue of Atatürk.



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