Turkey on Monday celebrated the 99th anniversary of Victory Day, which commemorates the resounding defeat of the Greek forces at the hands of the Turks in the Battle of Dumlupinar in 1922.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with senior government and high-ranking military officials as well as opposition leaders laid a wreath at Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the capital Ankara.
"We are increasing the deterrence of Turkish Armed Forces, which is the apple of our nation's eyes, in every field with steps taken in the defense industry," Erdogan wrote in the Anitkabir memorial book.
He also wrote: "Through the reforms we have implemented in democracy, justice, rights, and freedoms, we strengthen the bond between the nation and the Republic."
"We are carrying Turkey to a bright future in line with the goals you have set for us," the Turkish president said while affirming that the country "is in safe hands."