Melbourne’s Mytilenian community mark 110 years since liberation of Lesvos

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By Bill Roumeliotis.

The 110th anniversary of the liberation of the Greek island of Lesvos from the Ottoman Empire was marked on Sunday, November 20 by the Lesvos Culture Club – Palesviaki Enosis of Melbourne and Victoria.

About 200 people attended the commemoration event at the Club’s hall in Bayswater.

The event began with a trisagio service to honour all those who lost their lives during the battle for Lesvos’ liberation, followed by a wreath laying ceremony by members of the Lesvian community and other local Greek organisations.

The President of the Club, John Karanikolas, gave a speech on the day and spoke about the historical battle for Lesvos, as well as the current challenges that face the island’s inhabitants.

The evening ended with a traditional Lesvos feast, as well as music by conductor Stan Fournarakis and singer Doukissa.

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