The march, which started at 11:30 am local time on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York, ended in the park on 47th Street near Türkevi.
In addition to the members of the Turkish-American community, Turkey’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Sedat Önal, New York Consul General Reyhan Özgür and TRNC New York Representative Mehmet Dana and some association representatives attended the march.
Turkey’s Ambassador to Washington, Hasan Murat Mercan, who released a video message on the occasion of the march, said, “This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our Republic. After the earthquake disaster we experienced, the unity and solidarity, charity, efforts of our citizens living all over America to bring aid with great love and enthusiasm. “It brought tears to our eyes. We express our gratitude to you all,” he said.
Despite the rain, attendance was high
Consul General Özgür said, “It is very important that the 40th Turkish Day Parade, which we held in the 100th anniversary of our Republic, is organized with a significant participation despite the rain.”
Stating that the Turkish Day Parade has been an occasion for the Turkish-American community to act in unity and solidarity and to have their voice heard in the American society, Özgür said, “It is appreciated that the Turks in America are strengthening their position as an important part of the American society. is worthy,” he said.
Earthquake victims were commemorated in the cortege
Within the framework of the “Traditional Turkish Day Parade”, citizens who lost their lives in the earthquakes that took place on February 6 this year were commemorated in the cortege, which attracts great attention every year. While the names and photos of the provinces affected by the earthquakes were displayed on the screens on the 11 black pickup trucks, the message “Condolences to Turkey” was displayed in Turkish and English.
Manhattan decorated with Turkish flags
The spectators, who decorated the famous Manhattan streets of New York with Turkish flags, showed great interest in the cortege. In the cortege, the Seğmenler Club, the Maarif School operating in New Jersey and the student and teacher staff of the New York-based Atatürk School, sports clubs and the corteges of the Turkic Republics drew attention.
The participants accompanied the music played in the cortege with the slogans “Red, white, the greatest Turkey”.
Traditional Turkish Day Parade dates back to 1981
The march, which was first organized in the USA in 1981 in response to the martyrdom of Turkish diplomats by the Armenian terrorist organization ASALA, became a tradition in the following years. The march, which was not organized during the Kovid-19 period, was held for the 39th time last year.