Greek Island of Lemnos Commemorates ANZAC Day

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The island of Lemnos commemorated ANZAC Day (April 25) but without any public in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australian Ambassador to Greece Arthur Spyrou, Regional Governor Konstantinos Moutzouris and Mayor Dimitris Marinakis were in attendance though, along with army officers and other local leaders.

The memorial ceremony took place at the Allied Cemetery of Moudros, the place of the Allied base during World War I (1914-1918).

Members of the Pavlos Kountoriotis Cultural Association of Moudros, in traditional Lemnos clothing, were also part of the proceedings.

The ANZAC Story

On 4 March 1915, 2,300 ANZACs arrived on Lemnos, the small Greek island in the North Aegean.

During the 9 months of the Gallipoli Campaign, the island's soil and its population offered hospitality and support to 50,000 ANZACs and shared the suffering of thousands of wounded soldiers.

On 24 April, one of the largest fleets ever assembled prepared to sail to the shores of Gallipoli.

Thousands of Allies, including the ANZACs, headed off to one of the bloodiest battles the world has ever seen.

The people of Lemnos will never forget how the ANZACs contributed to their freedom and that the soil and the wind of their island represented the last point of paradise, peace, calm and hope for thousands of young Australians before they went off to battle.

These memories are still alive today among the inhabitants of Lemnos, and the Lemnian communities in Australia.

Lemnos, which is synonymous with the Amazons of Greek Mythology, is also synonymous with the heroic efforts and courage of the ANZAC nurses.

The ANZAC nurses, who as modern amazons managed the pain of the injured young ANZACs with limited means.


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