Greek Consulate celebrates Greek Independence Day with Perth Community (PHOTOS)

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The Consulate of Greece in Perth organised a well attended Wreath Laying Ceremony at the War Memorial on 24 March, to commemorate the 203rd Anniversary of the National Day of Greece which was followed by the Consulate's National Day Reception on 27 March.

The wreath laying ceremony on 24 March opened with a blessing by the Reverend Fathers, officiated by his Grace Bishop Elpidios, followed by poems and songs by the students of St. Andrew's Grammar, WA, the Immaculate Heart College and the Greek Language and Culture Institute of Evangelismos.

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Australian and Greek dignitaries paid tribute by laying their wreaths and the ceremony was concluded with speeches by the Consul of Greece in Perth, Ms Georgia Karasiotou, His Excellency the Honourable Chris Dawson AC APM, Governor of WA and the Hon Dr. Tony Buti MLA, representing the Premier of WA.

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The Complete list of officials present at the Wreath Laying Ceremony:

Georgia Karasiotou, Consul of Greece in Perth (Host)
His Excellency the Honourable Chris Dawson AC APM, Governor of WA
Warrant Officer Jen Riches AM (Ret’d), State War Memorial Warden
Matt Moran, representing the State President of RSLWA
The Hon. Dr Tony Buti MLA, Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, representing the Premier as well as Minister Papalia
Dr Ken Michael AC, Former Governor of WA
The Hon Dan Caddy MLC
The Hon Louise Kingston MLC
Simon Millman MLA
Libby Mettam MLA, Leader of the Liberal Party
Linda Aitken, Mayor of Wanneroo
Cr Fedele Camarda, Representing the City of Fremantle
Captain Ken Burleigh, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, other representatives of the Australian Armed Forces and veteran associations
His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea and Reverend Fathers
Presidents and Representatives of Hellenic-Australian Associations in Western Australia

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