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First Public Statue of Ataturk on US Soil

November 11th, 2013 | Good Morning Turkey
First Public Statue of Ataturk on US Soil

BYt1EPHCcAEA6ECOn the 75th anniversary of Ataturk’s death, Ataturk Society of America presented the first public statue of Ataturk in United States. The statue was unveiled to the crowd in Sheridan Circle on November 10th, the ceremony was followed by a moment of silence at 09.05 am to honor Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s memory.

Turkey’s ambassador to Washington, Namık Tan hosted the ceremony and ASA president Hüdai Yavalar made a speech, stressing out the hardships they endured during the two year process of getting permissions for the statue and adding that they are very proud of their accomplishment.

The 208 cm bronze statue was sculpted by local artist Jeffery Hall.

  1. Controversy is always dogging the immortalization of any political figure for numerous reasons. However, in Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s case,his responsible dictatorship immediately after the collapse of the Ottoman empire, is one credit that even democratic USA should consider without too much scepticism. In a predominantly conservative Muslim region, Ataturk arrogantly did the impossibility without fear of religious repercussions and for the first time in the nation’s history, his ideology of “the separation of religion and state” despite its severity, brought a unique Renaissance. The emancipation of women,economic and social reforms as well as other changes such as the right to education, moulded secular Turkey into a landmark of reason. Finally, Ataturk’s remarkable achievements have a Napoleon Bonaparte assimilation.