The Premier of New South Wales, Chris Minns, has sent an OXI (‘NO’) Day message to the local Greek community ahead of October 28.
OXI Day marks the day when then-Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas refused to let Italian forces enter Greece during World War II.
In his message, Mr Minns extended his best wishes to everyone commemorating OXI Day.
“OXI Day holds a special place in the heart of Greek Australians,” Mr Minns said.
“It marks the moment where Greece’s Prime Minister courageously uttered the word ‘OXI’ or ‘NO’ to the ultimatum presented by the Axis forces in 1940. That definition in the face of aggression inspired the Greek people to fight for freedom and fight for democracy.”
The NSW Premier said that today OXI Day “serves as a testament to the enduring bond, the friendship between Australia and Greece that was forged in the Second World War.”
“This bond has only grown as citizens of Greece have established their life and community right here in NSW and Australia,” Mr Minns said.
“So to the Greek citizens around the world celebrating today, I hope you have a wonderful day and never take peace for granted.”