Turkey’s celebrations marking the 97th anniversary of the founding of the Republic have begun Thursday with state officials’ visit to Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the country’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in the capital Ankara.

To mark the day, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has visited Anitkabir and will later accept greetings at the presidential complex.

Earlier Wednesday, Erdogan also gave the nation congratulations on the 97th anniversary of the Republic.

“I hail the October 29 Republic Day of all our citizens, living both at home and abroad,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

Erdogan went on to commemorate Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as well as “the heroes in our fight for independence,” all the martyrs, and veterans that fought for the Republic of Turkey.

“Our country will continue acting on its own vision and agenda regardless of what others say or do,” Erdogan said.

The Republic Day is being celebrated in all provinces of Turkey and the country’s representations abroad.

The government ceremony in the capital Ankara will be joined by various events, including concerts, marches, and fireworks across the country.

On Oct. 29, 1923, Ataturk officially declared the name of the nation and proclaimed the country’s status as a republic.

A vote then took place in the Grand National Assembly, and Ataturk, a revolutionary statesman, was elected the first president of the Republic of Turkey by unanimous vote.

Since then, Turkey celebrates the Republic Day every Oct. 29. The Republic is due to celebrate its centenary in 2023.

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