April 23, 1920, representing the will of the Turkish nation, is one of the most important turning points in our history of national struggle. It is a date when the struggle for independence given to children, old youth, men and women is declared and accepted all over the world, not only to the occupation forces. The Turkish nation has declared its sovereignty to friends and enemies with the opening of the Turkish Grand National Assembly under the leadership of Gazi Mustafa Kemal.
Gazi Mustafa Kemal declared the feast on April 23, when the assembly was opened in 1924. 5 years later, this holiday was given to children and it was started to be celebrated as April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. In 1979, our national holiday gained an international character with the participation of children from 6 countries. This holiday gifts to the children and all the children of the world who has also been the direction of our country, Turkey’s first and only share it.
The opening of our Assembly and the celebration of the national and international level every year by declaring today’s feast both reminds our values and imposes responsibilities. Democracy, freedom, independence and national will are the greatest examples of the adoption, protection and sacrifice of our struggle for this purpose. In this sense, 23 April is an important occasion for our children, who are the future and guarantee of our country, to grow up with this awareness.