The Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign Commemorative Council has released the program for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of these campaigns across the coming year.
The Council brings together representatives of many community organizations from communities across Greece and beyond (from Crete, Thessaloniki, the Peloponnese and Cyprus to name a few), the Greek Consulate, the Greek Orthodox Community of Victoria and Melbourne, the Shrine, the RSL, politicians, interested individuals and historians. The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemroative Committee is represented by our President, Mr Lee Tarlamis. A number of other members of our Committee are also involved, including myself.
|Anzacs with their Greek comrades in Athens, 1941. AWM|
The program is comprehensive and includes formal commemorative events at the Shrine of Remembrance, as well as forma dinners, educational presentations at the Greek Centre and othervenues, book launches, musical and cultural events and veteran's lunches.
Three events that are scheduled over coming weeks are:
The Achaean Federation of Victoria is hosting a Musical Concert titled “ Rembetika for the ANZACS ”featuring Byron Triantafylidis and his band on Thursday 24th March 2016, 7.00pm, White Rose Receptions, 725 High Street, Thornbury. For more information please call Lee Andrikopoulos on 0411729404
The Shrine of Remembrance and the Battle of Crete & Greece Commemorative Council are hosting the Book Launch of Dr. Peter Ewer’s book titled the Forgotten ANZACS, Second edition on Wednesday 6th April, 6.00pm in the Auditorium of the Shrine Education Centre. For more information please contact Dr. Peter Ewer on 0419 514 939. To download the flyer for the launch, please click here.
Official Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony
The Battle of Crete & Greece Commemorative Council is hosting the Official Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony on Sunday 10th April, 12.00pm at the Forecourt of the Shrine of Remembrance. For more information please contact Mr. Tony Tsourdalakis on 0419856736
And much more. To download the full program, please click here.
Commemorating the Hellenic Link to Anzac - 1941 - 75th Anniversary
These events commemorate the service of the Second Anzacs - soldiers and nurses - who came to Greece in 1941 follwing in the footsteps of the first Anzacs in 1915. They fought on the Greek mainland and on Crete alongside our Greek allies. From Lemnos and Salonika in the First World War to the battles of 1941 and those of the resistance and liberation of Greece, this is the story of the Hellenic link to Anzac in the Second World War.
|Anzacs and Greeks on the Acropolis, 1941. AWM|
|Anzacs and Greeks on Lemnos, 1915. AWM|
The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee congratulates the work of the Council in putting together this great program and successfully bringing together so many community organizations and interested individuals in support of the commemorating of the Anzac tradition in Greece in WW2. The charter of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee is to build awareness of the Hellenic link to Anzac across both world wars. It is great to be able to assist the new Council in its important work.
Personally, I would particularly thank Tony Tsourdalakis for his work in encouraging the involvement of so many people and organizations and in preparing this impressive program.
This is a great initiative - congratulations!
We hope that this is only the beginning and will grow even bigger and better in coming years.
I urge you to view the program and endeavor to attend as many of these events as possible.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee