|The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Xmas Party at Oakleigh's Yefsi. Photo Jim Claven 2017|
It was a great opportunity to come together and reflect on all our achievement throughout the year and thank everyone for their hard work.
Some of the highlights from last year included the re-naming of the location of our Memorial in Albert Park as Lemnos Square, the unveiling of a new memorial to the Anzac link to Greece (including Lemnos) at the Victorian Parliament House and another great attendance again at our annual Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial commemoration, with the participation of Col (Ret) Jan McCarthy of the RSL Nurses Sub-branch as keynote speaker.
I took the opportunity to welcome the recent announcements to recognise Lemnos and our work by the Victorian Government during the Premier of Victoria's recent visit to Greece.
These announcements build on what we have already achieved to raise awareness about the significant links between Lemnos and the Anzac story which will be forever remembered through initiatives like the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in the recently named Lemnos Square in Albert Park. This Memorial and our other projects will be complimented by our book which is being written by our Secretary Jim Claven - Historian which also received funding as part of the recent announcements.
As will the formal recognition of the Australian Pier on Lemnos and the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of Mudros events both in Victoria and on Lemnos and which will be part of the special tour by the Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize Alumni.
These are only a few of the events scheduled for 2018 and will add to the Photographic Exhibition in Queens Hall at Parliament of Victoria and our annual Commemorative event in Lemnos Square at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial and we welcome the ongoing support by the Victorian Government.
We will be soon by releasing our full program of events for 2018.
On behalf of the Committee, I wish all of our supporters and friends - in Australia, Greece and across the world - a safe and very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
President, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee