Premier of SA sends message to Greek and Cypriot communities on OXI Day

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The Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall, and Assistant Minister to the Premier, Jing Lee, have issued a letter to the state’s Greek and Cypriot communities to mark OXI Day.

In the letter, Mr Marshall and Ms Lee acknowledge the brave acts conducted by Greeks during WWII, and also thank the Greek and Cypriot communities for their continued “cultural and economic contributions” to the state.

Full letter in English:

“We write to convey to you and South Australia’s Greek and Cypriot communities our best wishes on the occasion of OXI Day on 28 October.

Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall.

This day is celebrated in remembrance of the moment in 1940, during the Greco-italian War, when the Greek Prime Minister, loannis Metaxas said “OXI“ (No) and refused to let the Italian troops enter Greece’s border. It is considered each year as a day that represents courage, solidarity and heroism for millions of Greeks all around the world.

OXI day commemorates a day of great pride for Greek and Cypriot communities. It not only recalls the bravery of the people who fought in the past but focuses on the future and a strong belief in enduring freedom and prosperity.

South Australia is home to a rich, diverse and vibrant multicultural community. We deeply value our longstanding relations with our Greek and Cypriot communities, and the enormous cultural and economic contributions you continue to make to our great State.

We wish you and your friends, family and loved ones a safe and happy OXI Day 2021!”

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