Quotes on Patriotism: Republic Day in Istanbul, Turkey

 

Quotes on Patriotism

The flag of Istanbul, Turkey

Quotes on Patriotism: Republic Day in Istanbul

While I was in Istanbul, it was a national holiday known as Republic Day, and the flags of Turkey were out in full force. It was the best display of patriotism I have ever encountered.

Quotes on Patriotism

The flags of Istanbul, Turkey

 There was a religious holiday going on as well, so festivities were in full force.

Quotes on Patriotism

The flags of Istanbul, Turkey

I have to say that I have never seen anything like it.

Quotes on Patriotism

The flags of Istanbul, Turkey

You couldn’t go a few blocks without literally thousands and thousands of flags all across the streets, hanging in every spot there was to hang a flag. What great shows of patriotic examples they displayed to the world! Just the sheer number of flags forms a patriotic essay.

Quotes on Patriotism

The flags of Istanbul, Turkey

It was truly amazing the city of Istanbul showing such a patriotism to their country.

Quotes on Patriotism

The flags of Istanbul, Turkey

Quotes on Patriotism

Come along with me as I explore Istanbul, Turkey on its most patriotic day of the year, Republic Day. It is a patriotism example and patriotism essay within itself.

Quotes on Patriotism

Every ride in the taxi or walk down the street seemed like a festive or patriotic event going on.

Quotes on Patriotism

The flags of Istanbul, Turkey

I do have to admit that I loved it.

Quotes on Patriotism

Man selling flags in Istanbul, Turkey

\The flag of Istanbul, Turkey

The flag of Istanbul, Turkey

But one of the most amazing things was when we had been out all day, heading back to our apartment on the Bosporus River.

Quotes on Patriotism

Bridge on the Bosporus River

Quotes on Patriotism: Fireworks filled the Sky

We were in our bathrobes, winding down for the night when suddenly I heard a few firecrackers.  Then some more, then some more.  So we decided to get dressed real quick and go down to the hotel bar on the river to see what was going on.  It was absolutely, bar none, the best and longest fireworks show I have ever seen.  And I am from Texas and we love July 4th in my state, so I’ve seen some good ones.  I have also been to numerous fireworks shows, from Hong Kong to New York to Mexico, but I have never seen something like this before.  It was spectacular and was a great ending to a wonderful trip to Istanbul.

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Amazing fireworks show on the Bosporus river in Istanbul, Turkey

Quotes on Patriotism:

Mark Twain

“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

Howard Zinn

“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” – Howard Zinn

Ernest Hemingway

“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.” – Ernest Hemingway

Quotes on Patriotism:

Theodore Roosevelt

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Albert Einstein

“He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” – Albert Einstine

Edward Abbey

Quotes on Patriotism:

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” -Edward Abbey

Aristotle

“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.” – Aristotle

Mark Twain

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

 

 

2018-05-02T16:35:19+00:00

7 Comments

  1. Lance February 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Amazing patriotism! We were Turkey last fall (not for Patriot Day) and were generally surprised by the amount of flags. Turkey seems be like America – very patriotic.

    • admin February 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Yes, I was so astonished at the number of flags and that fireworks show was over the top! I loved it and it made for great photographic shots!

  2. Natalie October 29, 2013 at 1:58 am

    2013 marks 90 years of the Turkish republic. Enjoy everyone!!

    • admin October 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

      Yes! Enjoy!

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