Atatürk and Bursa

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Atatürk declared Ankara, which was the centre ofthe war of national liberation, as capital but he wasalways interested in Bursa. Thus, Bursa is one ofthe cities Atatürk visited most. From 1922 to his death,Atatürk had visited Bursa for 18 times.Atatürk paid his first visit to Bursa just after the warof national liberation on 17th October, 1922. Duringthis visit he made a speech and said that: “Sincethe military war has ended, now we are preparingfor a war in economic and educational areas”.Whilst he came to Bursa for the third time he wasalready the president of republic. In a speech hemade due to independance celebrations of Bursa,he said: “Our revolutions have targeted the happinessof Turkey for the centuries to come, what weshould do is, to explain them to our children and towork in the same direction”.During his fourth visit on 22nd September – 8th October1925, the people of Bursa welcomed him withhats. This time in his speech he pointed out that:”We will be a civilized nation. Now we can not stop.We can not step back, because civilisation is a powerwhich ruins and destroys who stand against it”.Before every act of revolution, Atatürk used to visitAnatolia and evaluate the public opinion. Hewas starting these trips from Bursa. Before the revolutionof alphabet he visited Bursa on 27th Augustin 1928 as well. When he visited Bursa againon 26th March 1937, he made a speech to the youthof Bursa: “You say you will follow me without asign of weariness. But my friends, what I demandfrom you is, to walk with me even when you aremost exhausted. You, the young sons of the newTurkey, will follow me even when you are most tired.Who decided not to take a break, never feels tired”.Atatürk made his most vivid visit to Bursa in theyear we lost him, 1st February 1938. He was ill fora long time but danced and had fun in Bursa. So tosay, he lived his last lively moments in Bursa…Hebecame so amused in the ball organized at BursaMunicipilaty Hall that stopped the orchestra and orderedthem to play a Zeybek dance. Then he performeda Zeybek dance himself. Bursa is enlightenedby the Turkey of Atatürk. As the whole of Turkey,Bursa and citizens of Bursa owes him very much.As the whole of Turkey, citizens of Bursa will neverforget him…