Atatürk's Address to the Youth
Oh Turkish Youth!
Your first duty is to preserve and defend forever Turkish independence and the Turkish Republic.
This is the only foundation of your existence and of your future. This foundation is your most precious treasure. In the future, too, there will be malevolent people at home and abroad who will wish to deprive you of this treasure. If one day you have to defend your independence and your Republic, you will not tarry to weigh the circumstances before taking up your duty. These possibilities and circumstances may be extremely unfavorable. The enemies nursing designs against your independence and your republic, may have behind them a victory unprecedented in the annals of the world. It may come to pass that, by violence and ruse, all the fortresses of your beloved fatherland will be occupied, all its shipyards captured, all its armies dispersed, and every part of the country invaded. And what is sadder and graver than all these circumstances is that the people in power inside the country may be blind, misguided. They may even be traitors. The men in power may join their personal interest to the political designs of the invaders. The country may be impoverished, ruined and exhausted. Oh, Child of Turkey's future, even in these circumstances it is your duty to save Turkey's independence and the Turkish Republic. You will find the power you need in the noble blood in your veins.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
October 20, 1927