Incirlik honors Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Turkish honor guard members stand in a ceremony to commemorate the life of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov.10, 2017.

Turkish honor guard members stand in a ceremony to commemorate the life of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov.10, 2017. The ceremony took place in front of a memorial statue of Ataturk, who is revered as the founder of modern day Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah A. Woodrow)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Rimsky, 39th Air Base Wing vice commander, stands with Turkish Air Force Col. Kursad Yildiz, wing commander of the 10th Tanker Base, during a ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 10, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Rimsky, 39th Air Base Wing vice commander, stands with Turkish Air Force Col. Kursad Yildiz, wing commander of the 10th Tanker Base, during a ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 10, 2017. The ceremony was to remember Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern day Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah A. Woodrow)

U.S. military members and Turkish Air Force members participate in a ceremony commemorating Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 10, 2017.

U.S. military members and Turkish Air Force members participate in a ceremony commemorating Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 10, 2017. The ceremony was to remember Ataturk, the father of modern day Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah A. Woodrow)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Daniel Lopez, 39th Air Base Wing executive officer, speaks about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's life in a ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 10, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Daniel Lopez, 39th Air Base Wing executive officer, speaks about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's life in a ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 10, 2017. The ceremony was to remember Ataturk, the father of modern day Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah A. Woodrow)

Turkish Air Force Col. Kursad Yildiz, 10th Tanker Base wing commander, and U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Rimsky, 39th Air Base Wing vice commander, render salutes as a display of respect for Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 10, 2017.

Turkish Air Force Col. Kursad Yildiz, 10th Tanker Base wing commander, and U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Rimsky, 39th Air Base Wing vice commander, render salutes as a display of respect for Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 10, 2017. The death of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern day Turkey, is honored every year with a ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah A. Woodrow)

Turkish Air Force members honor Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern day Turkey, during a ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 10, 2017.

Turkish Air Force members honor Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern day Turkey, during a ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 10, 2017. U.S. military members and Turkish Air Force both participated in this ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah A. Woodrow)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- U.S. military members joined forces with the 10th Tanker Base Command for a memorial ceremony in honor of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Nov. 10, 2017.

'The Father of Turkey’, as Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is referred to, achieved many political and social victories for the modern Turkish republic. He is revered by the Turkish people and represents a brave history.

Ataturk passed away on Nov. 10, 1938, at the age of 57.

The 79th anniversary of his death was ceremoniously remembered by laying wreaths at a monument of Ataturk. A moment of silence came after the blowing of sirens and car horns. The Turkish flags were then lowered to half-staff while the national anthem played. A word from base leadership and a speech about Ataturk's life followed.

The ceremony closed with honors and salutes rendered to Ataturk's monument by attendees.