OPET's "Respect for History Project" that includes the recreation, development and rehabilitation works carried out in the peninsula and villages, where the Dardanelles Campaign took place, was crowned with a special book in its 15th year. All the work accomplished within the scope of the project, which has been going on since 2006, has been compiled in the book titled “Respect for History Project, The Epic of Gallipoli.”
OPET’s journey through the "Respect to History Project" that was initiated in 2006 with the aim of preserving the natural setting to give a modern appearance to the historic Gallipoli Peninsula is now turned into a book titled "The Epic of Gallipoli". In the book written by Arzu Karamani Pekin, in addition to the renovation and recreation works carried out in Alçıtepe, Seddülbahir, Bigalı, Kilitbahir, Kocadere, Behramlı, Küçük and Büyük Anafarta villages and Eceaabat district, the reorganization made in the 57th Regiment Martyrdom, Akbaş Martyrdom, Respect for History Secondary School and Çanakkale Martyrs Monument Masjid were described with photographs. The historical and cultural wealth of the Gallipoli Peninsula, Ecebat region that was crowned with a new face by means of the recreation worthy of our martyrs who gave their heroic lives in the Dardanelles War was also included in the book.
“RESPECT FOR HISTORY PROJECT IS OUR STAND IN RESPECT TO THE REGION"
Nurten Öztürk, Founding Member of OPET Board of Directors, who said that every individual, every institution and organization has a duty and responsibility towards the lands where they were born and raised, made the following remarks on the book: “We, as OPET, have always been aware of our duties and responsibilities. Since our establishment in 1992, we have been attaching significance to the needs of our country while forming our social responsibility projects and we have been carrying out every project we have initiated with our heart and soul. We cosider that adding value to our country is really important as a fuel distribution brand that loves and works for its country. In light of these feelings and thoughts, we are pursuing our social responsibility projects such as the Clean Toilet Campaign, Green Road Project, Exemplary Village Project, Traffic Detectives and Women's Power with great enthusiasm and devotion. The Respect for History Project that we initiated in the Gallipoli Peninsula of Çanakkale in 2006 is OPET's stand of respect to this land. We commemorate our beloved martyrs, veterans, the founder of our Republic, Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and his comrades with gratitude and God's mercy and grace.”
"THE PROJECT WAS CREATED FOR HOLDING HAND OF THE PAST AND THE FUTURE TOGETHER"
Arzu Karamani Pekin, the author of the book "Respect for History Project, The Epic of Gallipoli", says, "The project, created and embraced with great love and good intentions, and awarded by the highest ranks of the state after overcoming various troubles and difficulties, has been the source of pride not only for OPET, but for both the dealers and the people of Gallipoli." Karamani goes on with the following words: “This project, whose beginning was obvious but its end seemingly infinite and placed in the hands of the public for its sustainability, was created for holding the hand of the past and the future together. The project's support for the revitalization and improvement of the quality of daily life did not only aim at keeping the memory of the martyrs alive, but making life a little easier and colorful for the people of Gallipoli with this spirit. OPET's Respect for History Project that was initiated for opening a different door for the revitalization of the Gallipoli Peninsula in every sense was accomplished by means of the warm language, friendly, smart, sincere and bright spirit of Nurten Öztürk, who calls herself "an Anatolian child". She knew very well the men, women, youth and children of Anatolia and contributed her experience she had gained from her long years of teaching and from the relationships she had established throughout her business life. And this constituted the basis of her healthy relationship with the people of the peninsula. It was nothing but her honest sincerity and frank love of serving others that kept her and her team together in all stages of the project, which has been going on since 2006 throughout a process of achievements, happiness, failures, and difficulties that ultimately ended in success."
About Respect for History Project
OPET, which considers contributing to the solution of society's problems as a priority with its human and service oriented approach since the day it was founded, adopts focusing on social responsibility as a corporate culture. The "Respect for History Project" that was started in 2006 for preserving the natural texture of the historical Gallipoli Peninsula and achieving a contemporary appearance, includes recreation, development and rehabilitation works in the peninsula and its villages, where the Dardanelles Campaign took place. Alçıtepe, Seddülbahir, Bigalı, Kilitbahir, Kocadere, Behramlı, Küçük and Büyük Anafarta villages and Eceabat district have attained a brand new appearance within the scope of the project. Village squares, museums, modern toilets, renewed sales venues that gained a contemporary appearance within the scope of the renovation efforts in the region, enhanced the income of the village headmen by reviving the tourism in the region. By way of the 57th Regiment Martyrdom Renewal Project implemented in cooperation with the Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Parks Directorate, the martyrdom was restored and contributed to the region with a renovation worthy of our martyrs who gave their heroic lives in the Dardanelles Campaign. The Akbaş Martyrdom, having an important place in the history of the Dardanelles Campaign and one of the two largest hospital martyrdoms of the Gallipoli Peninsula, was constructed. A park qualified as an open air museum was built in Eceabat. The park named as the “Respect for History Park” was decorated so as to display all details of the Çanakkale War. Within the scope of the project, a new and modern secondary school was built to replace the primary school, which had lost its functionality in Eceabat in 2012, and it was brought into the educational system. Consisting of 16 classrooms, "OPET Respect for History Secondary School" was built with an earthquake resistant design. Following the rehabilitation work performed in the Eceabat region in line with the project, OPET had transformed the Tevfikiye Village in the closest vicinity of the Troy Archaeological Site into an Archeo-village in the "2018 Year of Troy" and was working on the Çıplak Village in the Troy Region to attach an identity to it in the appearance of an Ethno-Village last year.