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Greek Community celebrates National Day of Greece
The Greek Tribune received the following statement from Mr Dimitrios Dimopoulos, General Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Community of SA:
"Millions of Hellenes across the globe celebrated 25th March Greek Independence Day on Sunday, with the Greek Orthodox Community of S.A joining the widespread celebrations.
The Cathedral of Archangels Michael & Gabriel in the city was once again the epicentre of the commemoration, featuring a memorial service, laying of wreaths as well as students’ presentations and drawing hundreds of Hellenes across Adelaide.
The celebrations began with the Great Doxology inside the church which was accordingly decorated to reflect the spirit of the day.
Bishop of South Australia Chrisostomos conducted the special memorial service during the morning mass, in memory of the heroes of the 1821 Revolution.
Greek flags and students in traditional costumes of the era added to the sense of national pride and patriotism.
The great doxology was followed by a short memorial service outside at the church’s courtyard with clergy and guests paying respects to those heroes who fought for Greece’s independence.
In his celebratory message, the President of the Community Mr Bill Gonis OAM, said he was proud that the Greek Community holds the traditions tight for almost 90 years.
"As President, I am delighted that the Greek Orthodox Community of SA has been able to maintain the tradition of Greek Independence Day through its school’s program as well as through the teachings of Greek culture and history", he said.
Among the official guests who attended the celebrations was the Hon Terry Stephens on behalf of the Premier of South Australia Hon Steven Marshall, the Hon Rachel Sanderson, Minister for Child Protection, the Hon Peter Malinauskas, Member for Croydon and Mr Frank Pangallo representing SA Best Party, Mr Peter Ppiros on behalf of the Chair of SAMEAC Hon Grace Portolesi, Mr Loukas Minas, Secretary of the Cyprus Community of S.A and Mrs Anna Amirkhanyan on behalf of the Armenian Community of S.A. along with many more representatives of local Associations.
The message was followed by the laying of wreaths and the one minute silence in memory of the fallen heroes, to conclude with poem recitals and the national anthems.
The celebrations however continued later in the day with a spectacular Schools event at St Marys College function hall.
Hundreds of students gathered at the Hall to participate in a series of presentations featuring poems recitals, short plays and singing.
Ms Sanderson also attended the schools event".
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