Cypriot communities in Western Australia and South Australia commemorated the 49th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus this week with a number of wreath laying and memorial services.
The Cyprus Community of South Australia and SEKA SA held a memorial service on Sunday, July 16, to remember the lives lost during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.
The memorial service was held at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Adelaide, and was followed by a wreath laying ceremony in Welland.
There were a number of official guests in attendance at the events including the Deputy Government Spokesperson of Cyprus, Doxa Komodromou, the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus, Antonis Sammoutis, SA Minister for the Arts, Andrea Michaels, the President of the Cyprus Community of SA, Andreas Evdokiou, and the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA) Vice President, Peter Gonis.
The Cypriot Community of Western Australia also held a memorial service on Sunday, July 17, at the local Evangelismos Church. This was followed by a wreath laying service at the State War Memorial in Kings Park.
The Deputy Head of Mission at the Cyprus High Commission, Stavros Nicolaou, visited from Canberra to attend the commemorations.
Tjorn Sibma MLC was also in attendance, along with many representatives of the Hellenic Community of Western Australia Inc. and WA Greek associations.