Following further discussions with the NSW Government,
The Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign
has made the decision to cancel all public commemoration services.
The risk to vulnerable people during the current health situation is simply too high for these events to continue in their traditional format.
Given the significant concerns around the spread of COVID-19, it would be irresponsible to allow large gatherings as we see each year to go ahead.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly.
The Committee has a responsibility to act in the best interests of veterans and the general public.
In these uncertain times we must follow the advice of medical experts and do everything we can to protect the community.
The Joint Committee
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.