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Νational Day of Greece
Hundreds of Hellenes from across Adelaide joined the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia in a number of celebrations for Greek National Day on Sunday 24th of March 2019 from 11am.
Official guests, parishioners (from the Community’s four churches) and students alike gathered at the Cathedral of Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Franklin Street to attend the Great Doxology and the memorial service.
On a day of remembrance filled with national pride, the Greek flag dominated the interior of the Cathedral as a reminder of the heroic efforts of those who fought against the Ottoman oppression.
Young students from various Greek Language Schools dressed in traditional costumes added to the celebrative atmosphere, reflecting the younger generations of Greeks who carry the same eternal values and aspirations of the heroes of the 1821 epos.
The Great Doxology was followed by a memorial service and ceremony in memory of the fallen heroes, conducted at the war memorial of the Cathedral.
During the ceremony, official guests and representatives from local Greek clubs and associations laid wreaths at the memorial, paying tribute to the heroes of 1821.
In his message Mr Gonis said that Hellenism across the globe ought to remember the heroes of the 1821 Epos and the titanic efforts they made to restore freedom and peace in our home land.
The President’s message was followed by the Last Post and one minute silence and the ceremony concluded with the singing of the national anthems.
Among the official guests who attended the celebrations were the Hon Rachel Sadnerson MP, Minister for Child Protection, on behalf of the State Premier Hon Steven Marshall, the Hon David Pisoni, Minister for Industry and Skills, the Leader of the Opposition in South Australia Mr Peter Malinauskas, the Hon Frank Pangallo, Member of the Legislative Council and SA Best party, Ms Jayne Stinson, Member for Badcoe, Councillor Mary Couros on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Adelaide Ms Sandy Verschoor, and Dr Valdis Toumanis from the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission on behalf of the Chair of the Commission Mr Norman Schueler.
The formal wreath laying ceremony was followed by celebrations through performance and music by students of the Greek Language Schools and students from the Community’s Dance Academy, held at St Mary’s College Performing Arts Centre to great applause by parents and dignitaries alike.
The Hon Terence Quick, Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece, the Presidential Commis-sioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Overseas Cypriots Hon Fotis Fotiou, the High Commissioner of Cyprus Martha Mavrommatis, the Greek Ambassador of Greece in Australia Hon Ekaterini Xagorari and the Consul General of Greece in Adelaide Hon Giorgos Psiahas attended the Schools event.
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