The October 29 Republic Day celebration ceremony was held on Wall Street, the financial heart of New York. The Mayor of New York, Eric Adams, who attended the ceremony, praised Turkey as a good friend of the U.S. and compared New York City to Istanbul.
New York Mayor Eric Adams stated that he had been to Turkey 6 to 7 times and that he was fascinated by Turkey's history. 'I traveled from Istanbul to Cappadocia. We became sister cities with Üsküdar. New York is America's Istanbul,' Adams said. 'The Turkish flag will be raised. These are important moments.'
"We want to continue to thank this community, the people of Turkey, small business owners, you believe in education, you believe in public safety, you believe in the power of really reaching out across our different cultures and making this a great city. And I want to thank all that are here as we raise the flag. The energy is to raise the spirit and energy of our city." Mayor added.
New York City's October 29 Republic Day Celebration Statement was presented to Reyhan Özgür, Consul General of Turkey in New York.
Turkey's Permanent Representative to the UN, Feridun Sinirlioğlu, Turkish military representatives, New York's local politicians, and members of the Turkish-American community also attended the program.
After the speeches at the ceremony, the United States flag and the Turkish flag were hoisted to accompany the national anthems.
İbrahim Kurtuluş, one of the Turkish-American community leaders who organized the program, said, 'Every year, we traditionally celebrate our national days with our American friends with flag hoisting ceremonies.'