Within the framework of Respect For History, reorganization work was conducted in areas where the Dardanelles Battles took place by protecting the natural fabric of the historical Gallipoli Peninsula to achieve a modern appearance. The villages of Alçıtepe, Seddülbahir, Bigalı, Kilitbahir, Kocadere, Behramlı, Büyük Anafarta and the County of Ecebat gained a new physiognomy. In the project in which the faces of the town squares and houses, modern sales stands were created, the villages were made green, the museums were restored and a new museum and cultural center were built in those villages that did not contain any. Within the framework of the project in which training courses in English, computers, hotel management and personal growth in collaboration with Public Education Centers, a park that acts as an open air museum was built in Ecebat. The park, which was named "Respect For History Park", is equipped to show all the details of the Dardanelles Battle. The Martyr's Memorial of the 57th Regiment and the Akbaş Memorial, one of the two biggest memorial hospitals on the Gallipoli Peninsula, were restored in accordance with their original states and opened to visit. A new and modern school was built instead of the Elementary School in Ecebat that had lost its functionality.
A study was made that includes the awareness of the project and the results of the work that have been done with a survey conducted by Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. In the survey, the change emerged among local people and visitors was emphasized. According to the survey results which authenticate that the project has integrally succeeded, the Respect For History project has enhanced the quality of social life in the region, brought a historical awareness, enriched cultural life and brought aesthetic and hygienic properties to social venues. It has also improved the business administration culture, enhanced the economical level, contributed to the versatile development of the educational institutions and improved aesthetic-architectural culture.
The change and impact created by the work made in the region is increasing every day and Gallipoli Peninsula obtains the outlook it deserves with this project.
The Respect For History Project was found worthy of the "Jury Special Prize" at the 7th Golden Compass Awards which was organized by TÜHİD (Turkey Public Relations Association). A member of the OPET Board of Management, Nurten Öztürk was found worthy of Outstanding Service Prize by the TBMM as a result of her work on the Respect For The History Project and her work on physical rehabilitation and community development in Çanakkale region. OPET Ceo Fikret Öztürk received a thank you plaque from President Abdullah Gül due to the Respect For History Project and his contribution to the environment.
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