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Our Committee is raising funds to create a lasting legacy telling the story of Lemnos' link to Gallipoli and Australia's Anzac story. Our projects include the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park, the publication of a major new historical and pictorial publication and more. To make a donation you can also deposit directly by direct debit into the Committee's bank account: Account Name: Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Inc; Bank: Delphi Bank; Account No: 204299-020 BSB No: 941300; Include your surname in the reference section. For further information on our legacy projects or to make a donation please contact either Lee Tarlamis 0411553009 or Jim Claven 0409402388M

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Lemnos Centenary of Anzac - Commemorative Event 1 - Unveiling of New Nurses Memorial at Portianos

This years centenary commemorative events on Lemnos were the best ever held. Record numbers attended the events - including many from Australia and overseas - that spanned across four days, from the 18th to the 21st April. This post details the first of these events.

Unveiling of Lemnos' New Nurses Memorial - Portianos Military Cemetery
On the 18th April, members of our Committee had the privilege of attending the above event.
It has been a pleasure over recent years to have assisted his Excellency Mr Robert Peck, the Canadian Ambassador to Greece, in his journey to have this new memorial erected. Inspired by the need to further honour the service of the two Canadian nurses - Nurse Munro and Matron Jaggard - buried on Lemnos, as well as all the nurses who served on Lemnos in  1915, Robert, his team, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have created a fitting and timely addition to Lemnos' Anzac trail. 
I had the honour of being invited by the Canadian Ambassador to make a brief presentation on the role of the nurses on Lemnos. Our President Lee Tarlamis and Elisabeth Kaydos of Lemnos 1915 layed a wreath on behalf of both of our Australian committees. Many Australians made the effort to attend the event. 
Congratulations to the local Lemnos authorities and the Lemnos Friends of Anzac for assisting with the event. 
Congratulations to the Canadian Ambassador to Greece, his Excellency Robert Peck and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for their work in creating this new permanent memorial to the nurses of Lemnos. 
Below are some photographs from the event.

Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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