As the original texts are written in Turkish, English translation is provided for non-Turkish readers. The author apologizes in advance for any and all possible changes and losses in meaning due to translation.
Today, we celebrate the 95th anniversary of our Republic. Known as the most important day in our country’s history, October 29th changed the destiny of not only Turkey, but also the whole world. American Time magazine previously defined the proclamation of the Republic in Turkey as one of the “80 days that changed the world”.
This, above all, was an initiative to rebuild a country from scratch and it was a huge challenge. Transformative novelties were implemented in every area – from politics to public works, agriculture, economy, culture, education, industry, and commerce. Despite all the burden and exhaustion, our country made a revolution by putting its heart and soul into it. In a very short time, it rebuilt itself as a more modern and democratic society. This comprehensive transformation was widely adopted and rapidly implemented. Besides, it set an example to other countries. This, indeed, is a true success story and a very valuable legacy to us.
When I think about the achievements of the Republic, I especially attach great importance to two initiatives: Launching an educational campaign and reinforcing women’s place in the society. Please remember that the women in our country earned the right to vote and stand for election a lot earlier than many western societies. True development can only be achieved through education and equality. That is why Siemens Turkey strongly supports educational projects, encourages girls to continue their education, and regularly increases the number of female engineers in the team.
We sincerely believe in the principles and values of the Republic. With strong faith in the strength and future of Turkey, we work enthusiastically to help our country do better. We prove our determination through the responsibility we take and contribution we make to reach the goals adopted for the 100th anniversary of the Republic. We support the new revolution, i.e. the digital revolution, with our state-of-the-art technologies and transformative innovations to help Turkey prepare strongly for the future.
In full confidence that our past will continue to inspire us in overcoming all obstacles, I commemorate our great leader Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as well as the martyrs and veterans with respect, longing and gratitude.
Happy Republic Day!