Evzones to Join Australians in Celebrations for ANZAC Day, The 76th Anniversary of The Battle of Crete


Adelaide and Sydney residents get ready — the Evzones are coming your way! The historical ANZAC Day and the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Crete is being marked this year with events and ceremonies all throughout the month of April.

This year, nine Evzones, the famous soldiers of the Greek Presidential Guard, are traveling to Australia to participate in the events.

“After obtaining special permission of attendance by the Greek government, the nine Evzones and their two lieutenants will visit the two cities in order to celebrate the role of the soldiers of Greece and Crete, often known as the ‘forgotten Anzacs,” Harry Patsouris, the trustee of the Foundation for Hellenic Studies, told neoskosmos.com.

Some of the special events the Evzones will take part in are various Easter celebrations as well as attend the War Memorial on North Terrace (Adelaide).

The events honor the memory of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought in the battle. The Battle of Crete is not one of the best-known conflicts that occurred during WWII, however, it is considered to be one of the most decisive battles of the war, where it was the first and last time that paratroopers were deployed on such a vast scale from the Germans to capture a target during WWII.