Turkey on Sunday marked 81st death anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended a ceremony at Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Ataturk, in the capital Ankara. 'We once again commemorate the Commander-in-Chief of the War of Independence, the founder of our Republic, our first President and Veteran Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, on 81st anniversary of his death,' Erdoğan said. 'We will continue with all our strength to live, sustain, develop and strengthen our republic that we inherited from him,' he added. Also attending the ceremony were main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Iyi (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener, the heads of high judicial bodies, commanders of armed forces, representatives of political parties, bureaucrats and other state officials. Millions of Turkish people across the country on Sunday marked the 81st anniversary of the demise of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the leader who led the country's war of independence and laid foundation of the Republic of Turkey. As is customary, daily life stopped at 9.05 a.m. local time (0605GMT), sirens wailed to mark the exact moment of Ataturk's death at the age of 57 and millions of people across the country observed two minutes of silence.