A ceremony was held near the city of Sanski Most in northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina, marking March 18 Martyrs’ Day and the 108th anniversary of Çanakkale’s Bahri victory.
The ceremony took place at the Turkish Martyrdom Monument, near Sanski Most, which was built to commemorate the soldiers who were martyred during Mehmed the Conqueror’s conquest of Kamengrad in 1463.
The program was attended by Turkey’s Ambassador to Sarajevo Sadik Babur Cern, Chairman of the Turkish Representative Committee for Bosnia and Herzegovina Colonel Mustafa Buyukroglu, Mayor of Sanski Most Faris Hasanbegovic and representatives of Turkish institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Later, the delegation headed to the chapel site where Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror performed Friday prayers with his army and prayers for the martyrs of Çanakkale.
Ambassador Virgin said: “As every year, we organize March 18 Martyrs’ Day in our martyrdom in Sanski Most. Here we commemorated all the martyrs not only in Turkey but also in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We also remembered our compatriots who lost their lives in the earthquakes (based in Kahramanmaraş) that occurred on February 6) and we prayed for them, too.” He said.
Our Lady also thanked the people of Sanski Most for their assistance to the earthquake victims.
Hasanbegovic indicated that they “gather to commemorate the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for freedom, independence and peace,” and said, “Turkey is going through a difficult period because of the earthquakes, and our hearts are with you.” He said.
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