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Turkish student shows patriotism on her country's national day

Turkish student shows patriotism on her country's national day

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) An 18-year-old Turkish student showed her patriotism at a vocational high school in Taitung Monday when she sang Turkey's national anthem in front of the school's teachers and students to mark her country's Republic Day. Eylul Yagmahan, an exchange student at National Taitung Senior Commercial Vocational School, shed tears as she sang the anthem alone on an outdoor platform during the school's regular morning rally while watching Turkey's national flag being slowly hoisted up a flagpole. "Today is the 89th birthday of Turkey," she told the rally when she finished the song. After returning to her classroom following the rally, Yagmahan introduced her classmates to Turkey's national flag, a red flag with a white crescent moon and a white star. The moon represents Islam, the country's main religion, the star symbolizes that Turkey is a democratic country in central Asia, and the red color represents the blood Turkish soldiers shed during the war of independence after World War I, she said. Yagmahan also led local students in singing the English version of the national anthem of her country on the day when Turkey was formally proclaimed as a republic in 1923. Describing Yagmahan as a girl who loves her country very much, her teacher said the student has been worried about Turkey since Syrian mortar fire hit a Turkish village on the Syria-Turkey border early this month. Giving Yagmahan the chance to sing her national anthem in public was seen as a way to ease her emotional distress, the teacher said. Liu Chi-cheng, a division chief at the school, said the Turkish girl "let our students know her love for her country. At the same time, we also offered her warmth." (By Tyson Lu and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-03-06 20:07 GMT+08:00