I have often prepared for this most important of days on the Greek calendar, full of pride and often introspection.

I have thought of the heroes of that revolution and the odds that they faced and I prepared in the knowledge that we celebrate today because of the sacrifice that those heroes made.

This day however I find myself better understanding their sacrifices.

Today more than ever, as we experience one of the most difficult periods in our lives, we can better understand the hardships of those who fought for freedom in 1821.

Whilst celebrating the heroes of yesterday, we can now identify contemporary heroes as we face this most virulent and complicated enemy. Fortitude and sacrifice made almost 200 years ago along with discipline and commitment is what we should indeed reflect upon as we face the challenges of today.

We should not despair for the difficult times we now face – rather we should face today with the same tenacity that the heroes of 1821 showed. With the same determination shown by our parents and grandparents through their darkest hours during civil war and occupation.

It is with this knowledge that I pause to consider this most important of days.

Stay Safe. Stay vigilant.

Ζήτω 25η Μαρτίου.

Bill Papastergiadis OAM

GCM President Bill Papastergiadis. Photo: Supplied