We made our visit to Ankara, which we had to postpone for a while, this weekend.
First, the death of our aunt’s wife, Uncle Mehmet Ali, who had been treated for a while, and then the severe surgery that our brother Önder’s father-in-law, Cafer, had undergone. fact necessary our visit.
Also, the fact that my youngest son, Haktan Hasan, wanted to see Anıtkabir, whom I had never seen before, made our visit even more meaningful.
Our condolences and the intense feelings we experience during our visits to the sick are another article, but I wanted to write briefly about our visit to Anıtkabir.
The words of my son Haktan Hasan, who is in his second year of high school while walking down the lion’s road over Anıtkabir, made me think.
Pointing with his hand at the stairs leading to the mausoleum “Father, the number of steps on these stairs leading to the Anıtkabir is forty-two. Because Atatürk’s footsteps are forty-two. That’s why it was built as forty-two steps!”
As a father who went to Anıtkabir dozens of times and visited his father, I never thought that the stairs were built for this purpose.
“Let’s see, is that really true?” I said.
He ran to the front of the stairs and began to count a breath.
Climbing to the top and turning towards us “Dad, I counted forty-two” he has called.
I thought for a moment and realized that the younger generation, to whom our father entrusted the republic, is researching and questioning no matter what anyone says.
With smartphones in their hands and computers on their desktops, they can use technology wisely and access information easily.
You can call young people the “Z” generation, with the fashionable expression of the day, or the “Y” generation!
They are a different generation!
Unfortunately, these possibilities were not available in our time.
We could go to the library for information and shuffle a few encyclopedias for hours to get an idea of the topic.
Times have changed …
As he walked slowly toward the mausoleum of our Ata, the boy’s eyes fell on the picture hanging on the wall, written in large print, to the right of the entrance.
The articles were the last message of our Ata to the Turkish army.
We later learned that this message was written as an inscription on the Anıtkabir on the 100th anniversary of Atatürk’s birth.
I read everything that was written with my son from beginning to end.
The words of the message from Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of our country, who entrusted us with this heavenly homeland at a time when our soldiers who were martyred for our beloved homeland are still fresh today, a century later!
Our heroic army still fights against the traitors who covet our homeland inside and outside the borders.
“The heroic Turkish army, whose victories and past began with the history of mankind, always brings the light of civilization with victory!” The message that began, continued with these meaningful words.
“If you have protected and saved your country from persecution, disaster and disaster and enemy invasions in the most depressed and mutual moments, there is no doubt that the military technique of the Republic will do its duty with the same commitment but all modern military technology weapons and vehicles are in the same commitment. “
Words that wet our eyes as we read!
Living in Anatolia, surrounded by seas on three sides and treacherous on four sides, is possible by keeping this idea alive.
After reading the writings on the wall, we arrived in front of the mausoleum of our ancestor and we both fell silent and prayed to the soul of the saint.
Years ago Prof. Dr. When you visit Anıtkabir, our director Haydar, “You will have ablutions and pray!” He said.
That’s what we did …
We would like to tell the neglected that they do not know or understand Atatürk; If we live in these lands as children of an independent country, if we can sing the call to prayer and pray in mosques, if our flag with crescent moon and star waves in the sky, thanks to our Ata!
We are in front of the mausoleum …
We left this area participating in the custom of taking pictures of old and young visitors, who almost competed with each other and filled the area.
The Anıtkabir Museum, the section where the books read by our Ata were exhibited and the animations on the fronts where the Sakarya and Çanakkale wars were fought were impressive.
The soldiers who were martyred in the trenches, the doctors who rushed to help them, the sounds of tanks and artillery in the background carried the traces of that hard war of liberation to the present day.
The victories of the Turkish army against the strongest enemy armies are exhibited in this museum in detail.
Every time I go there I have different feelings. My longing and respect for history and our ancestors grows in me.
Although it was Sunday, the Ata had many visits.
There were long queues in front of the museum.
The belongings and cars used by our ancestors were the focus of visitors’ attention.
Once again, I witnessed that the Anıtkabir is full of citizens who researched, knew, and understood our Ata in a changing world and conjuncture.
We were only able to leave this visit, which we had planned for one hour, in 2.5 hours.
On the way back from the lions’ path we arrived, the soldiers made a change of guard.
The marches of the Mehmetçiks who deactivated and surrendered the guard with rifles on their shoulders, and the sound commands of their commanders caught the attention of all visitors like us.
It must have caught Haktan Hasan’s attention more because he followed the soldiers for a long time.
Time passed like water in Ankara …
My father, rest in peace!
We returned to Eskişehir to thank my sister Hakime, who did not leave us alone during our visit as a family, and my brother Önder …