Pride and patriotism: Athens marks Greek Independence Day with grand parade

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The annual parade commemorating Greece’s March 25th Independence Day culminated in a spectacular display as it passed the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of Parliament at Syntagma Square, Athens.

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, alongside political and military dignitaries, oversaw the event which drew thousands of enthusiastic onlookers waving Greek flags in support of their armed forces.

The day began with the official raising of the Greek flag at dawn atop the Acropolis, symbolising the nation’s unity and resilience. Meanwhile, a celebratory liturgy at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Athens, led by Archbishop Ieronymos and attended by the nation’s leaders, paid homage to the occasion.

The annual parade of the Armed Forces for Greece’s March 25th Independence Day. Photo Ekathimerini.
The annual parade of the Armed Forces for Greece’s March 25th Independence Day. Photo: Ekathimerini.

President Sakellaropoulou honoured fallen heroes by laying a wreath at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, a poignant moment of remembrance amidst the festivities.

Across the country, communities joined in the jubilation with a myriad of activities. From flag decorating to parades featuring students, scouts, and cultural associations, to performances of traditional Greek dances and theatrical productions, the spirit of patriotism echoed through cities, towns, and villages nationwide.

The day served not only as a celebration of Greece’s hard-won independence, but also as a testament to the enduring pride and unity of its people.

Source: Ekathimerini

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