Prime Minister Julia Gillard will attend the Greek Independence Day parade in Sydney on March 24. Barry O’Farrell, Premier of New South Wales, will also honor Greece’s national anniversary. The celebrations of March 25 will begin at the Greek Orthodox Church of The Annunciation of Our Lady, where the Archbishop of Australia Stylianos will sing the doxology, and then wreaths will be deposited at Martin Place from where the parade will start towards Domain.
On the occasion of the Greek National Day, Gillard made a statement to the Greeks of Australia: “We honor today those who fought for independence in Greece with heroism, as well as all those who worked so hard to rebuild Greece as a country. Now, in 2013, Greece faces a difficult situation, but I am sure that the pride and stoicism of the Greek people will lead the country to better days in the future.”
In Melbourne, the parade will be on March 23. The Greek schools of the city will participate in the parade and so the Shrine of Remembrance will be full of children in traditional costumes and Greek flags in hand. The ambassador of Greece to Australia, Haralambos Dafaranos, will attend the event.