ATATÜRK'S MESSAGE TO THE TURKISH YOUTH

 

Turkish Youth,

Your primary duty is forever to protect and defend the Turkish independence and the Turkish Republic. This is the very foundation of your existence and your future. This foundation is your most precious treasure.

In the future, there may be malevolent people at the home and abroad who will wish to deprive you of this treasure. If one day, you are compelled to defend your your independence and the Republic, then in order to fulfil your duty, you will have to look beyond the possibilities and conditions in which you might find yourself. These possibilities and conditions may turn out to be extremely unfauourable. The enemy who triesto destroy your independence and your Republic, may represents the strongest force that the earth has ever seen. By force and by craft, all strong holds and all arsenals of our dear fatherland may have been taken, all of its armies may have been defeated and all corners of the country may have been physically occupied. More distressing and grievous than all these, those who hold and exercise the power within the country may gave fallen into gross error, blunder and even treason. These holders of power may have united their personel interests with the political ambitions of the invarders. The nation itself may have fallen into complete privation and may have be come exhausted and devastated.

You, the sons and daughters, the future of Turkiye, even under such circumstances and conditions, your duty is to save the Turkish independence and the Republic, you will find the power you need in the noble blood in your veins.

Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK - 1927