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Melbourne: “Aetolian College” honours the Anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821

The Greek School, ‘Aetolian College’ of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia actively took part and participated this year in community events, honouring the National Anniversary of March 25th 1821.

A delegation of students attended a special ceremony organised by the Victorian National Commemoration Committee on Saturday, 18 March 2023, at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance. The ceremony was dedicated to the celebration of the Greek-Australian Alliance. The students proudly attended the event, paying tribute to the fighters who sacrificed their lives. After the event, they had the opportunity to talk with His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia and receive his blessing.

On Sunday, March 19, all together, the thirteen Units of the Greek School of the Holy Archdiocese took part in the great parade that took place for the first time at Lakeside Stadium. Over 500 students participated from the School, filling the stadium with excitement and pride! The students, holding the Greek and Australian flags, paraded in front of the enthusiastic audience who gave them a warm applause.

On March 25, Vermont South, Reservoir and Yarraville Greek Schools attended the official Doxologies organised by the respective Parishes of St. Andrew, the Transfiguration of the Saviour and St. Nicholas. The students recited poems, read the history of the day and shouted “Long live Greece / Zito I Ellada” in a moving atmosphere. At the same time, the student Manolis Adamakis represented the School at the special ceremony organised by the Hellenic Branch of the RSL at the Australian-Hellenic Memorial and then at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance.

On Sunday, March 26, students Panagiotis Christofellis and Maria Christofellis commemorated the anniversary of the liberation struggle of 1821 in a special event organised by the Union of Greek Refugees at the Archdiocese Church of Axion Esti. On behalf of the Greek School they laid a wreath, while together with other guests they sang the National Anthems.

It should be noted that all the School groups organised celebrations, where the students sang festive hymns, sang well-known songs, danced, recited poems and presented theatrical displays. Also, the lessons for the entire anniversary week were dedicated to the great double celebration, with the students being taught about the great revolutionary struggle, but also about the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary through rich teaching materials.

Warm congratulations are due to all the students who actively participated in the festivities for the anniversary of the Regeneration of the Greek Nation, but also to the teachers who work hard to pass on the spark of love for Greece to the students, most of whom are now third generation. Well done to both young and old!

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