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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

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Moonee Valley Anzac Day Service - Honors Lemnos' Sister Hutt and Gunner Zampelis from 1941

Myself, Rev Mark Dunn and Ange Kenos. Photo Paul Sougleris 2016

Today I had the honor of giving the Anzac Day address at the 87th Commemorative Service held at the Cenotaph, Queens Park, Moonee Valley.
The commemorative service was organized by the Essendon RSL and the Moonee Valley City Council.
Nearly one hundred people were assembled, including local State and Federal politicians and local Councillors, representatives of local schools who took part in the service, the Strathmore Secondary College Choir and Moonee Valley Brass.
Strathmore Secondary College Chior. Photo Vicky Kyritsis 2016

Former Member of Parliament, Ms Judy Maddigan, read a particularly moving poem written during the First world War to the memory of a local digger killed in the war, Private A.E. Rogers.
Essendon RSL President and Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee member, Ange Kenos, read the Ode.
Sister Evelyn Hutt. State Library of Victoria.

Gunner James Zampelis. AWM

My address focused on the stories of two service personnel who served across both world wars - Tasmanian Sister Evelyn Hutt who served on Lemnos in 1915 and Gunner James Zampelis who served in the Greek and Crete campaigns of WW2. The story of their service is symbolic of the Hellenic link to Anzac, of the over 75,000 who served in Greece across both wars and the nearly 750 who remain in the commonwealth war cemeteries located there. They also tell of the tragic effects of war on both the service personnel themselves and those left behind. Evelyn was haunted by the experience on Lemnos and her eyesight permanently damaged by her service there. James Zampelis was killed in Crete, leaving behind a son - now without a father. Lest we forget.
Other members of our Committee attended the service, including John Salpagtidis. Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign Commemorative Committee member Paul Sougleris was also present.
Thanks to Ange Kenos for the invitation to take part in this moving service.
Queens Park Cenotaph. Photo Jim Claven 2016

Queens Park Cenotaph. Photo Jim Claven 2016
Jim Claven 
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee
& Member, Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign Commemorative Council

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