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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 November 2015
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Reg Saunders Gallery opens at AWM Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, unveiled on 11 November 1934. Commemorating Remembrance Day On Wednesday 11 November people across the globe will take a minute’s silence at 11.00 am to commemorate Remembrance Day, and the end of World War I. On this day in 1918, four years, three months and two weeks of terror were called to an end. Though the war was centred in Europe, it was very much a global battle with allies including Britain, France, Japan, South Africa, India, Australia, Greece, the Russian Empire, and a number of others. Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance will hold a service at 10.30 am on Wednesday to remember the men and women who lost their lives and suffered not only in the First World War, but in all wars and peacekeeping operations throughout history. The symbol of remembrance, the red poppy. The commemorations will follow at the Sanctuary, where those gathered will witness the sun pass across the Stone of Remembrance, landing on the word ‘LOVE’ at 12 noon. Remembrance ceremonies will then take place every half hour from 12.30 pm, with the last ceremony held at 4.30 pm. The Flag Ceremony and Last Post will be conducted on the Shrine WWII Forecourt at 5.00 pm. Dane Bouris faces court Son of business mogul pleads not guilty to assault A Sydney court has heard Dane Bouris, son of Wizard Home Loans founder and Celebrity Apprentice host Mark, pulled his girlfriend’s hair out and attempted to choke her after a night out. The 33-year-old pleaded notguilty to occasioning actual bodily harm in the Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday, with the couple still together despite the alleged incident. Bouris’s 23-year-old girl- friend Alexandra Dankwa told the court he came up behind her and pulled her by her hair as she attempted to leave the house after discovering vomit. She said the alleged incident resulted in some of her hair extensions being ripped out, along with some of her natural hair. The court further heard the argument escalated resulting in Bouris pinning Dankwa to the ground. “I was flat on my back, he was on top of me,” she said. “I couldn’t breathe, it was to the point where I couldn’t scream.” The hearing continues. Source: Courier Mail Canberra celebrates Greek bonds to iconic soldier’s story MICHAEL SWEET Australia’s most famous Indigenous officer, Captain Reg Saunders, is to be honoured at the Australian War Memorial next week with a new gallery bearing his name. Saunders, who served in Greece, Crete, and New Guinea in WWII, before fighting in the Korean War, had close links to Canberra, and next week his eldest surviving daughter Glenda Humes will travel down with family members from Queensland to attend the official gallery opening on 11 November, Remembrance Day. Attendees at the launch, invited by AWM director Brendan Nelson, will include representatives from Greek and Cretan community associations in Victoria, NSW, and the ACT. Meanwhile leaders from the Canberran Greek community will be rolling out the red carpet for Ms Humes and the extended Saunders family, taking the opportunity to celebrate the connection between Greece and the iconic digger. As a 20-year-old after the Allied surrender in Crete in June 1941, Saunders was one of hundreds of ANZAC soldiers given refuge by Cretan villagers. He stayed for nearly Captain Reg Saunders MBE 1920-1990. a year on the island during the Nazi occupation before his evacuation, organised by Allied secret service agents and Cretan partisans. George Katheklakis, president of the Cretan Association of Canberra and Districts, told Neos Kosmos that the Hellenic connection to the first Indigenous officer in the Australian Army was a vital narrative. “Captain Saunders’ story has only recently revealed the deep connection he had with Crete and Greece, and it’s a very special Greek Australian narrative which we want to celebrate and help share more widely,” said Mr Katheklakis. “Widespread recognition of what this man did for Australia has yet to be truly appreciated, and the naming of the new gallery at the AWM is tremendous.” Glenda Humes said she was deeply moved by the AWM’s initiative to name a gallery after her father in recognition of his leadership, service and values. “Dad had such strong links to the AWM, serving on its council twice, and of course he lived in Canberra for the last 20 years of his life, so we’re reconnecting.” “Captain Saunders’ story has only recently revealed the deep connection he had with Crete and Greece, and it’s a very special Greek Australian narrative ...” George Katheklakis “I’m so glad that representaThe Australian War Memorial. PHOTO: AAP/LUKAS COCH. tives from the Greek community are going to be there on the day. Dad’s life was affected by the kindness, generosity, and courage he saw first as a young soldier - shown to him and his mates by the Cretan people in the war. “There’s a bond between the Saunders’ clan and Greece that can never be forgotten.” For the past four years Ms Humes has led efforts to build a major new ANZAC memorial in Crete. The project, with an estimated total cost of over $60,000, has been enthusiastically backed by donors from the Greek Australian community and the Municipality of Chania. While still short of funds for its completion, with landscaping and other works required, organisers say they’re confident the ‘42nd Street Memorial’, near Chania, is on track to be dedicated in May 2016, on the 75th anniversary of the WWII Greece and Crete campaigns.
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