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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 March 2016
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 MARCH 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek youth keepers of the flame Thousands of Greek Australians flocked to Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance on Sunday to celebrate the Greek National Day. This year's parade was especially marked by the impressive turnout of young people, who seemed to be more than any other year in recent memory. Their spirit, energy and enthusiasm prevailed throughout. Proudly parading under the blue and white colours of the Greek flag, children of all ages brought tears to the eyes of the older generation, moving them with their spirit, energy and overall enthusiast approach. Students from the broader community schools, notably Alphington Grammar, St John's College and Oakleigh Grammar, made an impression on a crowd that was packed with excited family members clapping from the sidelines. They marched proudly, waving the Greek flag and with many of them dressed in traditional costumes, some from their specific regions of origin. Among the large crowd of politicians, ambassadors and community leaders who attended the event, honouring the memory of Greek patriots fighting for the country's independence during the revolution that started in 1821, was Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, leader of the Australian Labor Party Bill Shorten, sporting the traditional Akubra hat, along with state and federal MPs and ministers. Also in attendance were newly-appointed Greek Ambassador Katerina Xagorari; the CEO for Greeks Abroad Michalis Kokkinos; Melbourne's Consul General, Christina Simantiraki, as well as prominent members of the Greek Australian community such as Bishop Ezekiel and president of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis. The event unfolded under excellent weather conditions and concluded with both the Greek and Australian national anthems. hems. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES.
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