The 25th of March marks the celebration of the Greek Revolution of 1821 and acknowledges the success of the Greek War of Independence (1821 – 1829) to decolonise Greece after four centuries under the Ottoman empire. The holiday was officially established by Royal Decree of King Otto in 1838, following recognition of an independent state under the London Protocol, February 1830, and the Treaty of Constantinople,1832.
The Governor lays a wreath at the Greek Nationa Day memorial service.
In Perth, the Greek Consulate held a solemn ceremony at the State War Memorial on the 27th of March – reflecting on current world struggles and the birthplace of the Greek revolution.
The Governor greets members of the Greek community.
The Governor was greeted by Consul Mrs Georgia Karasiotou prior to the commencement of the service. Students from St Andrew’s Grammar performed both the Australian and Greek national anthem before joining representatives from Immaculate Heart College for some short presentations. Alongside other dignitaries and representatives of the Greek community, the Governor laid a wreath made from the leaves of Governor Stirling’s olive tree – the oldest planted tree in Government House Gardens.