Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day
Turkey celebrated the 19th May Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day. May 19, 1919, was the day Mustafa Kemal, later to become Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, arrived in the Black Sea city of Samsun from Istanbul to organize the war that saw the remnants of the Ottoman Empire transformed into modern Turkey four years later. The day is marked around Turkey as Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day, a national holiday that sees young people stage sporting and cultural activities.
Commander of LANDCOM, LTG. John W. Nicholson and Chief of Staff, MGEN. Uğur Tarçın, participated in the celebrations performed in Izmir.