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Greek Community celebrates defeat of fascism in 1940

1 November 2020

Under the current COVID-19 restrictions, the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia commemorated the 80th Anniversary of the 28 October 1940 Greek National Day on Sunday 1st of November.

It was the first major event the Community held since the pandemic broke out but the spirit of the day remained unchanged and Hellenes in South Australia as well as all around the world paid their respects to the fallen heroes of the 1940 Epos.

The Cathedral of Archangels Michael & Gabriel in the city became yet again the central point of the celebrations.

Due to the current COVID restrictions only 120 people were able to attend the Great Doxology followed by a memorial service inside the church.

A group of afternoon-schools students, some in traditional costumes, demonstrated that at school they are taught not only the Greek language but the history of the homeland of their parents and grant parents.

A giant Greek flag at the church’s entry stood out, sending its own message of national unity and pride.

Members of local parliament also honoured Greek National Day by attending the commemoration at the Cathedral on Sunday.

The memorial service was followed by the laying of wreaths from official guests and representatives from local Greek Associations.

A number of students paid their own tribute to the heroes of the 1940 Epos by reciting famous poems inspired by the bloody events of 1940-1941.

The event concluded with the Last Post and the National Anthems.

Amongst the official guests who attended the commemoration were Mr Bill Gonis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of SA, Mr David Pisoni MP, Minister for Innovation and Skills, on behalf of the Premier of South Australia the Hon Stephen Marshall, The Hon Rachel Sanderson MP, Minister for Child Protection and State Member for Adelaide, The Hon Irene Pnevmatikos MLC, The Hon Frank Pangallo MLC and SA Best, Mr Steve Georganas, Federal Member for Adelaide, Ms Jayne Stinson MP, Member for Badcoe and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition Mr Peter Malinauskas, Mr Norman Schueler, Chair of SAMEAC, The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor and Professor Andreas Evdokiou, President of Cyprus Community of South Australia.

 

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