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Greece to commemorate centenary of Gallipoli

This weekend a large Greek and Australian contingent in Lemnos will commemorate the Anzac centenary

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Anzac Cove

16 April 2015

To mark the centenary of the Anzac Gallipoli campaign, the Australian Embassy in Athens has announced a series of events that will take place throughout the month of April.

In recognition of the crucial role played by Lemnos during the war period as a staging point and hospital station, various services will be held on the island.

From April 17 to 20, a significant presence of Greek and Australian military, government and community members has been arranged, with services to be held at both Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries in the Lemnian villages of Moudros and Portianos.

The Australian delegation is set to be led by H.E. Ambassador John Griffin, and Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett.

Also as part of the official commemorations, the Australian Battle Tanker, HMAS Success, will visit Greece for the first time since 2005.

The ship, which has been stationed in the Middle East since December 2014 conducting operations under the Combined Maritime Forces and under NATO, will be open to visitors between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm on Friday 24 April.

Following this, on Anzac Day, Saturday 25 April a service will take place at the Phaleron Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Athens.

The service commemorating the women and servicemen who played a role in the fight and struggle on Greek soil will commence at 11.00 am and is open to all wishing to attend.

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Greek Morons Rule? The attitude to WW1 today by Greeks is hard to believe. Greeks have become a country of prostitutes, next we are going to see them welcoming back the nazis as humanitarian friends. To understand the position of most Greeks during the invasion of Gallipoli, you only have to look at the restriction placed on Greeks in Australia for decades later. The invasion of the Ottoman Empire did more harm to the very idea of the real Greece than anyone dares to write about today. The death of millions of people in the former Ottoman areas continues for one hundred years. The invasion of Gallipoli and parts of what is now Greece and the Ottoman Empire was opposed by many Greek volunteers fighting next to countless other people from every part of the Ottoman Empire. My christian Great Grandfather with other christian Greeks joined with the Muslim Greeks from their town to oppose the invasion of the British and French. Death due to disease was the main killer of the Ottoman forces. The silly games about people in trenches been heroic is utter crap. It was no different to sheep been put in line to have their throats cut. My Great Grandmother Sophia went looking for her husband when he did not return after a couple of months, taking with her Grandfathers underwear, tabacco and dried bread & dried fish. She found him in the war front and she stayed for a couple of weeks to carry water to the front lines. When Great Grandfather one night rolled into the treches of the enemy and cut throats of six skinny boys that were killing anyone of the Ottoman soldiers who came forward, Great Grandfather was given leave to return home. You can be a Muslim and Greek at the same time.

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