The Australian Labor Party joins the Greek Australian community in honouring Oxi Day, the anniversary of which occurs tomorrow, 28 October.
In a statement released on behalf of the Australian Labor Party by Anthony Albanese, Maria Vamvakinou MP, Member for Calwell, and Steve Georganas MP, member for Adelaide; the Australians Labor Party expresses what a profoundly important anniversary Oxi Day is.
“Eighty-one years ago, on 28 October 1940, the Greek people faced the fascist threat looming over their nation and answered it with a resounding ‘Oxi” (No),” the statement reads.
“Australian and New Zealand soldiers went on to join the spirit of that ‘No”, fighting alongside brave Greek soldiers in the face of tyranny,” says the Australian Labor Party, who pay tribute to those who fought and those who endured.
“That mighty “NO” found its powerful counterpart in the powerful ‘Yes” of the Greek people as they ensured that their nation rose again after the devastation of war.”
The Australian Labor Party acknowledges the long friendship between Australia and Greece forged during the Second World War – and strengthened through the decades of Greek migration to Australia.
“Many Greek Australians feel enormous admiration and solidarity for those who lived through this period of Greek history,” reads the statement.
“Their ongoing contribution to Australia is shaped in no small part by the values that we honour on this most significant of days.”
Anthony Albanese is the Leader of the Australian Labor Party
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