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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 27
On the occasion of the Republic Day, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has visited a memorial in honor of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in Baku.
A guard of honor was lined up around the memorial.
President Aliyev put a wreath at the memorial.
Then the national anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan was played.
The establishment on May 28, 1918 of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR) went down in the chronicles of Azerbaijani nation as a great and historic event. In just 23 months of existence, the ADR, which set the goal of building an independent, free and democratic republic, managed to return national consciousness to Azerbaijani people and demonstrated that it is able to determine its destiny itself.
As can be seen from the "Declaration of Independence" adopted in Tbilisi on May 28, 1918, this great date further strengthened the desire of the Azerbaijani people for independence.
Azerbaijan, which restored its independence in the late 20th century, managed to maintain its sovereignty.
Azerbaijan's National Leader Heydar Aliyev took decisive steps to protect the Azerbaijani statehood and established public and political stability in the country. The main brainchild of great leader Heydar Aliyev, the modern independent state of Azerbaijan, continues to develop rapidly thanks to the wise policy of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev.
The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, the first democratic republic in the East, marked the beginning of a large stage in the glorious history of the modern Azerbaijan which restored its independence in the late 20th century. The people of Azerbaijan celebrate this glorious date, May 28, as the Republic Day.