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National (Independence) Day - 25th March 2014

Dave left home without Gerry this year as she was in the UK to attend our dear friend Martin's funeral but Aubrey came down to drive down to Patitiri about 10.30am and we parked and found a crowd expectantly waiting for the service at the war memorial to start.  Father Avraam arrived to start the service around 11am with a large assembled crowd.  After the short religious ceremony, the civil ceremony began with the laying of wreaths on behalf of the different groups and services on the island and below is a picture of the war memorial with all the wreaths laid.

After the wreath laying ceremony ended there was a minutes silence to honour the dead and then the school children all sang the National Anthem.  This was followed by a young lady in scout uniform reading from a script, about the gaining of independence by the Greek state from the Ottoman Empire.  Afterwards there were presentations of award certificates to all the high achievers in the school and after the presentation ceremony ended, the school children headed off to the top of the high street to form up into their year groups for the marching parade.

The crowd assembled along the road to Roussoum Yialos to watch the marching display, which is always led by the youngest children in traditional Greek dress carrying a large Greek flag and waving small Greek flags.  There were also a group of children in traditional dress who turned out to be one of the dance groups.  As in previous years the school children had a front group with the flag bearer going first, followed by the rest of the children and each group were applauded enthusiastically as they marched along the road.

After the marching ended we all went into the amphitheatre where we were treated to a display of traditional dancing by two of Christina's childrens dance groups, who all danced very well.  For the first time we had a very large group of adult dancers with 4 male dancers in white and black Evzone costumes and a number of female dancers in traditional male red tops and blue trousers to balance out the number of female dancers in traditional Alonissos dresses.  They performed the dances excellently and the crowd applauded them enthusiastically.

The skies were blue and the sun was warm and it was a very good celebration of Greek history and we look forward to next year.

 

The Crowd Waiting for the Service to Start
 

The Service at the War Memorial Taken by Father Avraam
 

Wreaths Laid at the War Memorial
 

History of Greek Independence Being Told
 

Youngest Children Getting Ready to March in Traditional Greek Dress
 

Father Avraam Introducing the Dancing
 

Adult Dance Group Enjoying a Laugh After Their Performance
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