The Pan-Macedonian Association of NSW will be participating in the Greek Independence Day Parade on 25 March 2018 in Sydney from Martin Place to the Opera House forecourt. The parade is held annually to commemorate the fallen and to celebrate the 197th anniversary of the beginning of the Greek War of Independence.
Australians of Greek heritage – including FYROMs – have a rich history and culture celebrated on and around 25 March each year. Seven War of Independence fighters became the founders of the Greek Australian community, being exiled to Sydney Cove in August 1829, the first Greeks to land on these shores.
Each March, Greek Australians honour all those who fought for freedom and democracy. Independence Day also serves as an opportunity to honour the service of Anzacs – soldiers, sailors, airmen and medical personnel – in Macedonia in both World Wars.
The Pan-Macedonian Association of NSW calls on all its members and friends to support the wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph and the parade. Lay floral tributes, walk alongside us in traditional Macedonian dress or simply in Pan-Macedonian Association of NSW attire.
As every year, traditional Macedonian music and dance will be an important part of the cultural program, honouring the tens of thousands of Macedonians who have made the supreme sacrifice for the independence of Greece and in defence of democracy.