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SA Government grant to bring Hellenic Presidential Guard back to Adelaide
The Hellenic Presidential Guard will return to Adelaide in April 2018 thanks to a $50,000 grant from the State Government.
The contingent of one Officer, two lieutenants and nine Evzones will attend a number of community events while in Adelaide, including assisting in ANZAC Day celebrations.
The announcement of their visit follows the highly successful 2017 ANZAC Day visit to Adelaide, which was widely publicised in Greek communities around the world.
The story of the ANZACs is inextricably linked to the defence of Greece during the Second World War.
About 83 per cent of the Australian soldiers captured by the Nazis during WWII were captured in Greece, and a total of 646 ANZACs are buried or memorialised in Greece.
The program for the visit will be released in March and will be available at www.hellenicstudies.com.au.
The tour can be followed through the social media channels of the Foundation for Hellenic Studies.
South Australian Treasurer Tom Kouts-antonis said the Hellenic Presidential Guard made a profound impression on the Greek Community of South Australia during their visit in 2017 – immortalised by the image of the crying Evzone taken in Adelaide.
"We were all affected by both the connection the Evzones felt to the story and history of the ANZACs and by how the Evzones were embraced by both Greek Australians and other communities during their visit".
"I am pleased and proud that the State Government was able to support the return of the Hellenic Presidential Guard to South Australia and I look forward to seeing them again in April", Mr Koutsantonis concluded.
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