The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Crete was commemorated in Melbourne last weekend, with hundreds turning out to pay their respects.
A wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Shrine of Remembrance and was well-attended by both young and old, some of whom put their Cretan pride on show in traditional dress.
Among those gathered were a number of noteworthy guests, including Greek officers from the Greek Defence Forces and Governor General of Australia Peter Cosgrove, who is also a retired senior Australian Army officer.
This was then followed by a ceremony at the Australian Hellenic Memorial to honour all those that served and died during the Greek Campaign in World War Two.
A dance was also held at the Pancretan Association’s premises in Wantirna South. The venue came alive with performances throughout the night, including the musical group of George Magelaki direct from Crete and dancing groups from various Cretan associations.
Sydney will host its commemorative events the weekend, while Melbourne’s program is set to continue right through the year until December.