Wednesday, Oct 29th the Turkish Cultural Center in Clifton celebrated Turkey’s Independence at the Passaic County Administration Building located on Grand St, Paterson. Director Pat Lepore introduced the county freeholders who were present such as; Bruce James, Theodore Best Jr, and Terry Duffy. Also, who was present was Mayor of Clifton James Anzaldi and Commander Nart Hapatsha representing the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.
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.