Greek Independence Day is usually a significant occasion for people of Greek heritage to recall a defining moment in history and to celebrate Greek culture.
However, this year will be different as we all experience a global health crisis.
Coronavirus is a once in one hundred year event. It requires all of us to look out for each other and support each other, so that we can get through this together.
At a time like this, we all depend on the values of generosity, peace and respect that I know the Greek Australian community upholds. Such values also give me great confidence that our nation will get through this.
Life has changed. It will continue to change as we go through these many months ahead.
We are an incredible country — and working together with an incredible sense of purpose, unity and co-operation.
We have a long way to go, but we can draw strength from the common sense, endurance, resilience, and simple human kindness of the Australian community.
We’ll get through this. On the other side, we’ll bounce back strongly because of the work we are all doing and the values we hold dear.
So while the coronavirus has affected this year’s celebrations, Greek Independence Day is still a time for pride and reflection.
Greek Australians have made an invaluable contribution to Australia’s identity and prosperity, and we celebrate the significant role that this community has played in uplifting and enriching our society.
I wish the Greek Australian community the best for the year ahead, and thank you for all you give to Australia — this special place we call home.