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.

 

June | The Hora Sfakion War Memorial in southern Crete was expanded with a bronze plaque donated by The Greek Australian International Legal and Medical Conference and commemorates the largest evacuation of allied soldiers from Crete over three nights in May 1941. About 15,000 retreating soldiers were taken out on British and Australian warships. Still another 5,000 did not manage to escape.

On the anniversary of the Battle of Crete, the four flags of Greece, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom is raised over the monument and wreaths are laid to commemorate all those that fought and were evacuated from this location.

Following a five year effort of research by Greek Australian historian Lambis Englezos AO, the largest unmarked military grave of Australian soldiers was uncovered at Fromelles, France.

 

The ceremonial re-burial of Australian and British soldiers recovered from mass graves near the site of 1916 Battle of Fromelles in France