The holiday commemorates 29 October 1923, when Mustafa Kemal declared that Turkey would be a republic. Turkey had effectively been a republic since 23 April 1920 (the establishment of Grand National Assembly of Turkey), but official recognition of this came only three years later. On 29 October 1923, the name of the nation, Turkey, and its status as a republic was declared.
County Executive Kathleen Donavan along with Sheriff of Bergen County Michael Saudino as well as some Freeholders and Mayors attended the Flag Raising event. County Executive Kathleen Donavan gave a speech, importance of republican system for countries in World. Then, Bergen County’s Sherif Saudino has a speech about Turkish Communities in NJ and talked about what we have done as before together. After having speech, at the flag raising ceremony about 20 Turkish students from Pioneer Academy of Science, recited Turkish and American National Anthem with audiences.