The Greek community of Victoria and the Australian authorities paid a tribute to the fighters of the Greek liberation struggle, 200 years after the beginning of the Greek Revolution of 1821, at the commemoration event that took place at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, on Sunday, March 21 as reported by vema.com.au.
Due to the special conditions of the pandemic, the traditional parade did not take place this year, however, the commemoration event was attended by many representatives of Greek diaspora organizations, representatives of political and consular authorities, as well as students from St. John’s College in Preston and Oakleigh Grammar.
Representing Archbishop Makarios of Australia, the Archiepiscopal Vicar of Northcote, Archimandrite Fr. Eumenios Vassilopoulos, performed a memorial service for the fallen fighters during the Greek Revolution.
“Revolution means freedom, it means unity, it means struggle, especially for us in the Diaspora and here in Australia,” underlined Fr. Evmenios in his speech, while urging everyone to pray for the Greeks who are currently being tested by the pandemic in their homeland. Afterwards, wreaths were laid at the site of the monument.