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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.

 

Rhodes War Cemetery is in the southern outskirts of the town of Rhodes, on the west side of the old coastal road to Lindos. The cemetery is located on Kallithea Avenue opposite the Italian, Jewish and Turkish cemeteries and next to the archaeological site of Korakonero.

Visiting Information
The Cemetery is permanently open and may be visited at any time.


Historical Information
The island of Rhodes, the home of the Knights of St. John from 1390, after they had been driven out of Jerusalem, is famous for its Greek and Roman antiquities. The remains of an ancient Greek burial ground, now preserved as a national monument, adjoin the war cemetery. The town and port of Rhodes occupies the most northerly corner of the island, the residential portion, which is modern, lying immediately west of Mandrakhi harbour, the port used for passenger ships. The commercial port is Emborio.

Rhodes War Cemetery is on the southern outskirts of the town, on the western side of the road to Lindos, near the 3rd Kilo stone and opposite the Italian, Jewish and Turkish cemeteries. It was made by the military authorities when Allied forces returned to the island after the surrender of Germany and was taken over by the Commission in December, 1946.

Those who lost their lives on Rhodes and many other Islands during the operations in the Dodecanese were brought to this last resting place from isolated graves and from various civil cemeteries. Here also lie 65 men who died on Cos, whose graves were moved into this cemetery from the small Cos War Cemetery which had to be closed in July, 1957. The headstones from Cos were re-erected over the new graves.

The total number of burials in Rhodes War Cemetery is now 142. There are special memorials erected to those known to be buried in certain groups of graves, whose actual graves within these groups cannot be precisely identified. They bear the inscription " Buried near this Spot".

 

[Source: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission]