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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 4 April2015
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Proud to be Greek New generation Greek Australians have kept tradition alive in Melbourne for Greek National Day celebrations A bumper crowd of young and old flocked to Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance to mark Greek National Day on Sunday. Schools were well-represented this year by the num- ber of young Greek Australian students taking part in the march, many wearing national costumes and proudly waving the Greek flag. Huge contingents from Alphington Grammar, St John's College and Oakleigh Grammar made an impression on the crowd that was packed with excited family members clapping from the sidelines. Politicians, ambassadors, veterans and leaders of the Premier Daniel Andrews lays a wreath. community met the marchers at the steps of the Shrine. Greece's Ambassador to Australia, Haris Dafaranos, and Melbourne's Consul General Christina Simantiraki were on hand to show Greece's appreciation, while Bishop Ezekiel Dervis and Bishop Iakovos of Militoupolis blessed the crowd and marked the occasion with a special church service earlier in the day. The march also saw both sides of politics come together, with premier Daniel Andrews and a representative for opposition leader Matthew Guy on hand to y lay wreaths. Greek Australian MPs also joined the dignitaries, with Jenny Mikakos and newly-elected Steven Dimopoulos and Nick Staikos attending. Not much has changed over the years at the march, but this year many felt it was a chance to show the community's solidarity to Greece during their time of crisis. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES. Leading the pack. Youth a large presence on the day. Greek schools well-represented at this year’s march. Oakleigh Grammar making an entrance. Passing the traditions on to the next generation. Greek pride on show. National costumes aren’t just for the young. Veterans pay their respects. Blue and white all round. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister Jenny Mikakos (R) get into the spirit.
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