I think that your previous post (w/Photos) and the one you just wrote will perhaps help to spread the word as to the idea of visiting Turkey to other members. I think that when folks read about new destinations and all of the wonders a particular country/countries holds, curiousity gets peaked!
Safety might very well be a concern for some, but honestly we live in a world where things happen unexpectedly, anywhere for all sorts of reasons. I know that Turkey has been a popular destination for a long time - I was actually invited to join European friends to the Turkish coast where they would be spending beach time in Antalya. They'd been there before, I'd seen photos and it sounded amazing but at the time, I could not make it.
However you pointed out some very pertinent facts about Turkey that do make it an alluring destination in that it is so very historic and carries with it such rich cultural and religious significance for just about everyone. A most appealing destination to consider indeed!
Lastly, I am glad (but not surprised) about the fact that the locals you met were so enthusiastic to have your family visiting Turkey. I think having great personal experience with residents of any country (or state, etc.) people visit goes a long way towards making any visit that much more special. One never just visits any place; one typically visits with people too and that can be a very lovely part of any family vacation. Feeling so very welcomed and wanted? Perfect!
Thanks for sharing a bit more about your Turkish adventure with us. I hope others feel inspired to consider Turkey for future trips someday.