Celebrating Greek Independence Day in Greece: A student parade of pride and patriotism

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Greek school children filled Syntagma Square on Sunday, marching proudly before esteemed officials to commemorate Greek Independence Day and the heroic struggle of the 1821 Greek War of Independence.

Among the dignitaries present were Education Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis and Athens Mayor Charis Doukas, who watched with admiration as the procession unfolded.

Education Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis
Education Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis attended the parade. Photo: The National Herald.

Leading the parade were high school students from Kalavryta, adorned in traditional attire and carrying the banner of the Greek Revolution. A total of 230 schools, spanning from primary to secondary levels, participated, with nearly 1,500 students hailing from Athens alone. The City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra and music bands representing the Hellenic Police, Hellenic Air Force, and the Fire Brigade added grandeur to the event.

Prior to the parade, wreaths were solemnly laid at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, paying homage to those who sacrificed for freedom.

Reflecting on the significance of the day, Minister Pierrakakis emphasised the lessons of history, noting how faith, courage, and resilience have shaped the destiny of the nation. He also underscored the importance of solidarity between the state and the church, particularly on this day of religious celebration for Orthodoxy.

Echoing the sentiments of bravery and unity, Mayor Doukas invoked the words of a Greek Independence fighter, highlighting the collective spirit of serving “the We, not the Me,” for a future illuminated by justice and the protection of human rights.

Source: Amna.gr.

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