Thousands of people took to the streets of Istanbul on Friday, in commemoration of the 79th anniversary of the death of the Republic of Turkey's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. People carried a large Turkish flag with Ataturk’s portrait on it. Sirens wailed throughout the city as citizens observed two minutes of silence. An official ceremony was held in Anıtkabir, Atatuk’s mausoleum in... Еще the capital of Ankara, with the participation of the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and other senior officials. Commemorative events took place across Turkey. 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.