The Consulate General of Greece and the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign, 

kindly invite you to a public flag raising and star ceremony where we will solemnly commemorate

 

The 77th Anniversary of OXI (NO) DAY 1940

and the gallantry and sacrifice of more than 34,000 Anzacs who served with distinction in the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign.

 

Date: Friday, October 27th, 2017 Venue: Northern Steps of the Anzac Memorial Hyde Park South

Time: Ceremony will commence 4pm sharp and conclude 5pm 

Keynote Speaker: Mr Brad Manera, Senior Historian | Curator | Anzac Memorial

 

This is also the last public event of Consul-General Dr Stavros Kyrimis organized by the Consulate of Greece.

 

Mr Marcos Polioudakis OAM born in Rethymnon, Crete in 1928, acted as a runner between the Anzacs and the Cretan people during the Battle of Rethymnon. He dedicated his entire adult life to research and collecting material that related to the Cretans and Anzacs, producing a three-volume account of the Battle of Crete.

Marcos is credited with being instrumental in developing the Greek-Australian relationship and friendship and was president of the committee that oversaw the dedication of the memorial for Greek and Australian soldiers in Rethymno. Marcos’s activities brought him to Australia on two occasions, and he was awarded the Order of Australia in 1988 for his efforts. He was Immensely proud of this award, and genuinely loved Australia.

21 May | The Hellenic Memorial Canberra beside the Australian War Memorial commemorates those who died and fought in the Battle of Crete and Greece . The Doric column symbolises the birth of civilisation and is embossed with a Greek orthodox cross representing a soldier’s grave. The damaged steel fragments represent the futility and destruction of war and , together with the column reflect buried relics of civilisation and conflict.