Eastern Mediterranean University Atatürk Research and Application Center organised an event to mark the “18th March Çanakkale Victory and Martyrs’ Day”. The event which took place at EMU Prof. Dr. Mehmet Tahiroğlu Hall on 18 March 2014 commenced with a moment of silence and national anthem and continued with a panel on Çanakkale War.
During the panel, EMU Atatürk Research and Application Center chair Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hasan Cicioğlu gave a presentation on “The Meaning and Importance of Çanakkale Victory in Turkish History” followed by EMU Law Faculty academic staff member Prof. Dr. Turgut Turhan’s speech entitled “General Hamilton’s Disappointment”. Following Turhan’s presentation, EMU academic staff member Dr.Turgay Bülent Göktürk gave a presentation entitled “Logistic Services in Çanakkale War”. On that meaningful day, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cicioğlu gave a recap of the events that occured within the Ottoman Empire during World War I and before and after Çanakkale War. Talking about interesting events taking place during Çanakkale War, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cicioğlu stated that the victory in this war carries great importance for Turkish and world history as it is rather difficult to come accross victories as such in the history of humankind.
Prof. Dr. Turgut Turhan started his presentation by commemorating Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his comrades and went on to talk about Çanakkale War from the perspective of the Commander of English Forces Hamilton. Following Prof. Dr. Turgut Turhan, Dr. Turgay Bülent Göktürk talked about logistic support during Çanakkale War by displaying short videos featuring information on events happening behind the battle front. Dr. Göktürk concluded his presentation by advising students to always remember the sacrifices made to reach the current day.
The panel ended with a documentary entitled “Çanakkale cannot be Tresspassed”.