The wreath laying ceremony commemorating 75th Anniversary for the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign will be on at 2 pm Sat 16 April 2016 at The Cenotaph Martin Place Sydney.
His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales will attend this ceremony and lay the first wreath. In addition the Guest of Honour will be Lieutenant General Konstantinos GKATZOGIANNIS, Chief of Staff of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff .
There will also be in attendance nearly 100 wreath layers consisting of official representatives of the NSW and Australian Parliaments , Consulates General , Australian military officers and Anzac families and schools. In particular surviving Anzacs of the Anzac Centenary that served in Greece and Crete will also be present . A Catafalque Party and Military band will officiate the proceedings.
Because of the significance of the anniversary seven members of the Greek Presidential Guard will be coming from Greece to participate at the Cenotaph Commemorative wreath laying service. This is a high honour to commemorate the Anzacs of Greece and Crete.
The Presidential Guard is an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Mansion and the gate of Evzones camp in Athens.
The unit is famous around the world for its unique traditional uniform, which has evolved from the clothes worn by the klephts who fought the Ottoman occupation of Greece. The most visible item of this uniform is the fustanella, a kilt-like garment. Their proven valour and peculiar dress turned them into a popular image for the Greek soldier. You can see images of the Presidential guard HERE
We have attached special 75th Anniversary Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign edition of the Greek Australian Alliance. Please share with your family and friends .
As the wreath laying service is a public event and in order to encourage public participation of this significant Anzac Centenary anniversary we respectfully request you to advise your family and friends of this commemorative event.
You are all welcome to visit the Photographic Exhibition Commemorating the Anzacs of the Battle of Crete and the Greek campaign located on George Street just around the corner and south of Martin Place .
This exhibition has been installed by Transport for NSW.
Additional Events Commemorating 75th Anniversary for the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign
Saturday 16th April 2016 7 pm
Battle of Crete Ball hoisted Cretan Association of Sydney at Fontana Amorosa Functions, 29 Forbes Street, Liverpool
The Annual Ball for the Battle of Crete annual event has been held for nearly 50 years and in the presence of the Consul General of the Hellenic Republic and representatives from the Australian armed forces and Greek community organisations .http://www.cretannsw.com.au/
Sunday 17th April 2016 9.30 am
Memorial Service , Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Cleveland and Regent St Redfern . An annual event commemorating the fallen Anzacs and Greek people during the Battle of Crete and the Greek campaign (Note this a new date for this service )
Tuesday 19th April 2016 6 pm
Open forum discussion on Current Challenges for Greece in South East Europe Lt General Konstandinos Gkatsogiannis - Hellenic Club Level 5, 251 Elizabeth St, Sydney http://www.hellenicclub.net.au/
Friday 22nd April until 30th September 2016
Unique Photographic Exhibition "Anzacs in Greece THEN and NOW'. National Maritime Museum 2 Murray Street Darling Harbour Sydney http://www.anmm.gov.au/
Friday 22nd April until Tuesday 3rd May 2016
75th Anniversary of the 2nd Anzac Campaign - the Battles of Greece and Crete Photographic and Video Display Ramsgate RSL, Ramsgate Road & Chuter Avenue Sans Souci http://www.ramsgatersl.com.au/
Friday 22nd April 6pm 2016
Ramsgate RSL sub-Branch Annual Anzac Dinner – Commemorating the Battles of Greece and Crete Ramsgate RSL Ramsgate Road & Chuter Avenue Sans Souci http://www.ramsgatersl.com.au/
Monday 25th April Anzac Day
Anzac Day March Cretan Association of NSW , Lemnian Association Of NSW and Greek RSL Sub Branch members participating in the Sydney Anzac day march
Monday 25th April Anzac Day 3pm
NRL Roosters v Dragons Allianz Stadium TBC -Anzac Day NRL match acknowledgment of the Anzacs of Greece and Crete
Sunday 15th May 2016 11.00 am
Memorial Service Garrison Church corner Argyle and Lower Fort St Millers Point (Rocks) Sydney . This an annual event commemorating the fallen Anzacs and Greek people during the Battle of Crete and the Greek campaign (Note this a new date for this service )
Saturday 4th June
ANZ Stadium Olympic Park Australia v Greece friendly TBC - Football Australia international match acknowledgment of the Anzacs of Greece and Crete
Monday 6th June pm
Photographic Exhibition using rare photos taken by Anzacs at Wollondilly Shire Council (more details to follow )
Monday 29th August
Photographic Exhibition using rare photos taken by Anzacs at Narellan Library Cnr Queen & Elyard St, Narellan
Friday 28th October
OHI Day commemorations dedicated to the Anzacs of Greece and Crete Anzac Memorial Hyde park , Sydney .