From TRT Archive: 19 May Youth and Sports Day Celebrations from Past to Present

22 September 2021

May 19, 1919 is considered the day the struggle for independence began. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk went to Samsun on the Bandırma Ferry that day and ignited the struggle that would form the foundations of the Republic of Turkey. May 19 is celebrated as “Veterans Day” for the first time in Samsun in 1926. On May 24, 1935, it became official as “Atatürk’s Day”.
Beşiktaş Founding Member Ahmet Fetgeri Aşeni, who suggested that this holiday be dedicated to both youth and athletes, after the celebration of Beşiktaş Sports Club with the participation of Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe athletes in Fenerbahçe Stadium, proposes the name “19 May Youth and Sports Day”. With the proposal that was also approved by Atatürk, its name became official with the law dated 20 June 1938 as “Youth and Sports Day”. After the September 12, 1980 coup, it became the “Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day” as we know it now.
“Youth! Young people who undertake to realize my future ambitions! I am very pleased and happy that one day I will leave this country to a youth like you who understand me” – Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK
From the Past to the Present May 19 videos from TRT Archive:




Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s Departure to Samsun on 19 May 1919:

A section from the documentary about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s departure to Samsun on 19 May 1919.




Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s Journey to Samsun:

A section from the documentary about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s journeys to Samsun from 1919 to 1930.


Atatürk’s Departure to Samsun by İsmet İnönü:

Interview with İsmet İnönü about the meeting Mustafa Kemal Atatürk had with him before he left for Samsun.




19 May 1919 First Step to Victory:

In the program; It is about the departure of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk to Samsun.


The Importance and History of May 19:

The first 19 May ceremony in 1935 was a sports event organized with the participation of hundreds of athletes from Beşiktaş, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe.




Last 19 May Celebrations Attended by Atatürk:

The 19 May celebrations, attended by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk for the last time, at Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium on 19 May 1938.


19 May Celebrations at Ankara 19 May Stadium:

19 May celebrations held in Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium with the participation of İsmet İnönü in the 1940s.




19 May Celebrations in Samsun:

19 May Youth and Sports Day celebrations in Samsun.


1985 Ankara 19 May Celebrations:

19 May Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day celebration ceremony held at Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium.




1985 19 May Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day:

Held at Ankara 19 Mayıs stadium in 1985; 19 May Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day celebrations.


19 May Youth and Sports Day Screening:

19 May Youth and Sports Day demonstration in 1986.




“O rising new generation, the future is yours. We established the Republic; you are the one who will raise it and maintain it.” – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Happy 19 May Commemoration of Atatürk and Youth and Sports Day!

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