Founder of the modern Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was honoured in Samsun, as the country celebrated the day he arrived in the city from Istanbul to start the War of Independence, on Sunday.

Various vessels were seen parading off Samsun's cost, with Turkish flag being carried by Navy personnel and later handed over to other participant of the celebrations.

The day which is also marked as a national holiday for youth and sports saw celebrations take place across the country.

Ataturk was born in the now-Greek city of Thessaloniki in 1881 when it was part of the Ottoman Empire. After World War I, following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Ataturk led Turkey in its War of Independence against the European Allies. Following the war, the Republic of Turkey was established in 1923, with Ataturk as its president. He passed away at the age of 57 in Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace on November 10, 1938.

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