Australian Ambassador to Greece marks ANZAC Day with wreath laying ceremony


Australian Ambassador to Greece, Arthur Spyrou, has payed tribute to the Anzacs and Greek soldiers who fought side-by-side during WWII with a special wreath laying ceremony on Sunday.

Ambassador Spyrou first attended a ANZAC Day ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square, where he laid a wreath and heard the Last Post ring out across the square.

He was joined by the Greek Deputy Minister of National Defence, Alkiviadis Stefanis, and the Honorary Consul of New Zealand, Ioanna Gouvatsou. Both laid wreaths as well.

This was followed by a visit to the Phaleron War Cemetery, where 172 Australians and 215 New Zealanders are buried. The three dignitaries paid their respects to all those at the cemetery who lost their lives fighting in the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign.

“The spirit of the ANZACs lives on. Their determination and sacrifice, their courage and mateship have become part of Australia’s national identity. We remember them and thank them,” Ambassador Spyrou wrote on Twitter.



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