ANZAC BATTLES OF CRETE AND THE GREEK CAMPAIGN 77th ANNIVERSARY
Cenotaph Martin Place Sydney, Saturday 19th May 2018 at 2 pm
The Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign (Joint Committee) annually commemorates through a wreath laying ceremony the Anzac Battles of Greece and Crete of April-May 1941 .
Some 17,000 Australians fought in mainland Greece and Crete and 646 were lost . More than half of these Anzacs were not found or their remains identified.
On the occasion of the 77th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign we wish to invite you and your families to attend the very poignant wreath laying ceremony at the Sydney Cenotaph Martin Place Sydney, Saturday 19th May 2018 at 2 pm.
This is an opportunity to take out some time from our busy lives and give thanks to the brave Anzacs and Greek people who defended Greece in 1941 .
Lieutenant General Nikolaos Christopoulos, Chief of Staff of the Hellenic Defence accompanied by Major Nikolaos Gogousis will attend to honour the Anzacs and the Greeks who defended Greece in 1941.
We will also be honoured by the presence of representatives of the NSW and Federal Parliament, Consulates General, Australian military officers, Anzac families and schools.
DETAILS OF ALL COMMEMORATIONS.
Saturday 19th May 2018
1.45 pm - Wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph Martin Place Sydney
7pm - Battle of Crete Annual Ball. For details please Contact Cretan Association of NSW ph 0402 081 590
Sunday 20th May 2018
11.00 am Memorial Service Garrison Church cnr Argyle and Lower Fort St Millers Point (Rocks) Sydney
Sunday 27th May 2018
9.30 am Memorial Service Greek Archdiocese Church cnr Cleveland and Regent St Redfern
THE JOINT COMMITTEE FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE FOR CRETE AND THE GREEK CAMPAIGN
The Joint Committee was formed in the late 1970s by the Cretan Association of Sydney & NSW, the 2/3rd Field Regiment, the 6th Australian Division represented by
Major General Sir Ivan Dougherty, Major General Ian Campbell, Major General Allan Murchison , Steve MacDougal, Bill Jenkins and Lew Lind. Its aim was to commemorate
the Australian campaigns that were fought on the Greek mainland and later on Crete and to honour the Australian soldiers and their Greek allies by keeping their memory alive.
For over 30 years this committee has been hosting a ceremony on the anniversary of these campaigns, held at Martin Place, Sydney, on or around 20th May.