ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021

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The Hellenic Club, in conjunction with the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete & The Greek Campaign, hosted its annual ANZACs of Greece luncheon on Friday April 23, this year commemorating ‘The 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete and Greece.’

In attendance was the Consul General of Greece in Sydney Mr Christos Karras, the Consul General of New Zealand in Sydney Mr Bill Dobbie, Archepiscopal Vicar of Canberra and Tasmania Father Prochoros Anastasiadis, as well as Federal, State and Local government representatives, representatives of the Armed Forces, Greek community organisations, RSL representatives and other distinguished guests.

The MC for the luncheon was Mr James Jordan, Chairman of the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign.

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021
*Chairman of the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign, Mr James Jordan
ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021
*Left to Right: Consul General of New Zealand in Sydney Mr Bill Dobbie, Vice president of the Hellenic Club Mr Bill Kritharas, the Consul General of Greece in Sydney Mr Christos Karras, President of the Hellenic Club Mr Nikolas Hatzistergos, Very Reverend Father Prochoros, Labor MP Michael Daley, Chairman of the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign Mr James Jordan,  Labor MP Sophie Cotsis and Labor MP Courtney Houssos

Vice President of the Greek Returned Servicemen League of NSW, Peter Tsigounis, recited The Ode in both Greek and English.

The Last Post was played by Boyd Trevithick, followed by a minute’s silence.

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021
*Very Reverend Father Prochoros

“The Greeks and the ANZACs stood side by side fighting for what was right. Today we come here to reflect on what they did for us, but also to constantly remember them in our prayers,” Very Reverend Father Prochoros said.

The president of the Hellenic Club, Nikolas Hatzistergos, welcomed attendees to the luncheon and stated that for many years, service men and women attended the Hellenic Restaurant after the annual ANZAC Day March. “Diggers from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s would congregate at our Hellenic Restaurant on the fifth floor of the Hellenic Club, after ANZAC Day to have a drink, tip their hats to their departed brothers, and also to celebrate the fact that they came back alive.”

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021
*President of the Hellenic Club Mr Nikolas Hatzistergos

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021

On his part, the Consul General of Greece in Sydney Mr Christos Karras noted that: “The ANZACs of Greece is a chapter of great importance in the relationship between Greece and Australia.”

“At the time when the other members of the international community remained spectators of the drama that was unfolding in Europe, Greece, Australia and New Zealand continued to fight for freedom, democracy and human dignity. After the war, Australia and Greece have further deepened their relationship,” he added.

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021

A video message from the Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff Konstantinos Floros, was then shown.

“80 years after the Battle of Crete, we bow before the greatness of the superhuman fight given by united Greek, Australians, New Zealanders and the British. They served for the same desire of freedom, honour and dignity… We also bow to the Cretans who fought in that epic battle doing what is written in the DNA of the Cretan soul. To fight bravely and with the same courage against those preventing their freedom,” he said.

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ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021
*Dr Michael Bendon

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021

Guest speaker, researcher, educator and archaeologist, Dr Michael Bendon gave an insightful presentation on the history of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign.

*Watch part of his presentation here:

 

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021
*Left to Right: Mr Nikolas Hatzistergos, Labor MP Courtney Houssos, Very Reverend Father Prochoros, Mr Christos Karras, Labor MP Sophie Cotsis and Labor MP Michael Daley

Not only did attendees leave with more knowledge, but also with a tin of limited edition Anzac biscuits, which this year are dedicated to the 80th Anniversary for the Battle of Crete.

The tins – which contain Anzac biscuits – are produced by Major League Brands with proceeds going to the RSL to support its work assisting veterans and their families.

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021

ANZACs of Greece luncheon 2021

*All images by Greek City Times (Copyright) 

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