With the sound of sirens at 8:20 in the morning, when the treacherous coup took place on July 15, 1974, the Republic of Cyprus remembers and condemns the black anniversary of the 1974 coup.
As part of the events marking the 46th anniversary of the coup, an official memorial service was held at the Church of Saints Constantine and Helen in Nicosia, by the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anastasikon and other politicians.
The memorial service was held at 8:30 a.m. The former Minister of Education and Culture and current Rector of Frederick University, Giorgos Dimosthenous, delivered the speech. Dimosthenous reminded everyone that “what matters is the unity of all, Church, government, political parties, cultural and other spiritual bodies of the country. After all, history has shown the necessity of unity in Cyprus.”
The Archbishop of Cyprus offered a Trisagion service at the tombs of the fallen during the coup d’etat. Bishop Grigorios of Mesaoria also offered a Trisagion service at the tombs of all those who were in ordered service on the day of the coup. Both Trisagia were held at the cemetery of Saints Constantine and Helen, and then wreaths were laid.