President Sakellaropoulou in Corfu to celebrate the Ionian Islands union with Greece

President Sakellaropoulou in Corfu to celebrate the Ionian Islands union with Greece 1

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, who has been in Corfu since Thursday for the historic anniversary of the integration of the Ionian Islands with Greece, on Friday laid a wreath at the Monument of the Union of the Ionian Islands.

“Today we celebrate the integration of the Ionian Islands in the national body, which was the first expansion of Greece after it was established as an independent state in 1832.

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou in Corfu on May 21, 2021.

We commemorate the glorious morning of May 21, 1864, when the British guards were replaced by Greek military units, the Greek flag was raised at the fortress of Corfu and Thrasyvoulos Zaimis, as a proxy of King George I, officially accepted the handover.

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A moment of national joy, which granted the Ionian Islands the much coveted union with Greece and our country an island complex with a long history, a high level of culture and a passionate, democratic ethos,” the President of the Republic said after the event.

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