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2009 celebration of Turkey's independence

Cleveland Turks commemorate the 86th Anniversary of the Republic of Turkey's independence.
October 24, 2009

The Republic of Turkey celebrates 86 Years of Independence!

Poster of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk,
founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey


In a sea of red and white, emulating the Turkish flag, local Clevelanders commemorated the 86th Anniversary of the Republic of Turkey's independence.

Red and white roses for Turkey

Sponsored by TASNO (Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio) the event was elegant as well as celebratory.

TASNO President Derya Ferendeci and Vice President Ayla Gencer greeted the crowd in both English and Turkish and along with other Board members invited them to join in the festivities.

Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio (TASNO) President Derya Ferendeci and Mehmet Gencer

Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio (TASNO)
President Derya Ferendeci and Mehmet Gencer







Turkish National Anthem
Food (chicken, salmon, portabella mushrooms …) Drink (Turkish Raki, wine, …) and Desserts (cheesecake, tortes, cookies…)were in abundance, but the highlight of the evening had to be the music.

Başak Ateş, Engin Ateş, Güler Süleymanoğlu Singing Turkish songs

Başak Ateş, Engin Ateş and Güler Süleymanoğlu


Mehmet Gencer serenaded the crowd with classical Turkish songs. People not only joined in, but there were very few dry eyes as the songs of years ago were sung.

Mehmet Gencer singing

Mehmet Gencer singing

Mehmet Gencer singing with kids dancing

Soon after the beautiful ballads came more energetic music as the crowd took to the dance floor.

Turkish dancing and drumming

Turkish dance

Turkish dancing and drumming

It was a night of celebration and elegance in remembrance of an important historic event - the independence of the Republic of Turkey.

Dilek Kortamer and Zeynep Aseri

Dilek Kurtamer and Zeynep Aseri


Ayla, Kerem and Christine Gencer

Ayla, Kerem and Christine Gencer


Maddalena Rumor and Suat Aricanli

Maddalena Rumor and Suat Aricanli


Dilara Ozdener and Gulcin Kucukdalyan

Dilara Ozdener and Gulcin Kucukdalyan


Tarik Kirat holding Yeni Raki (Lion's Milk)

Tarik Kirat holding Yeni Raki (Lion's Milk)


Zeynep Kaya

Zeynep Kaya


Turkish group

Having fun!


Maddalena Rumor, Dr. Paul Iversen and baby Francesca Iverson

Maddalena Rumor, Dr. Paul Iversen and baby Francesca Iverson


Ozgul and Serkan Inceoglu

Ozgul and Serkan Inceoglu


Dilara Ozdener and Gulcin Kucukdalyan singing

Dilara Ozdener and Gulcin Kucukdalyan singing


Gencer brothers

Gencer brothers


Betul Berber, Nezahat Yildirim, Beren Berber, (standing) Hande Argunsah and Bugrahan Bayram

(seated) Betul Berber, Nezahat Yildirim, Beren Berber,
(standing) Hande Argunsah and Bugrahan Bayram


Ayla Gencer, Emily Candle and Brent Veverka

Ayla Gencer, Emily Candle and Brent Veverka


Derya Ferendeci flanked by Gulcin Kucukdalyan, Ayla Gencer and Dilara Ozdener

Derya Ferendeci flanked by Gulcin Kucukdalyan, Ayla Gencer
and Dilara Ozdener


Happy Turksih Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!




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