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National Day of Greece
27 March 2022
Hundreds of Greek community members from across Adelaide
joined the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia in a
number of celebrations for Greek National Day on Sunday 27th of
March 2022 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 and tthe exterior of the Cathedral as a
reminder of the heroic efforts of those who fought against the
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.
A written message from the President Mr Gonis for the occasion,
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 independence in our home land.
Among the official guests who attended the celebrations were the
Hon Olivia Savas Representing the Minister for Multiculturaal
Affairs the Hon Zoe Bettison, David Pisoni MP, representing the
Opposition in South Australia, the Hon Frank Pangallo, Member of
the Legislative Council and SA Best party, the Lord Mayor of
Adelaide Ms Sandy Verschoor, Ms Anna Cheung from the South
Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission
representing the Chair Ms Andriana Christopoulos, and Prof.
Andreas Evdokiou President of the Cyprus Community of SA.
The formal wreath laying ceremony was followed by celebrations
through cultural performance and poem recitals by students of
the Greek Language Schools and students from the Community’s
Dance Academy. The ceremony included the singing of the Greek
and Australian national anthems.
Sunday's events concluded late on Sunday afternoon with a
lecture on Rigas Fereos Velestinlis, given by Sydney Professor Dr
Alfred Vincent at the Colossus Hall in Torrensville.
Adelaide, South Australia