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Special Feature > Happy National Day > Parades October 28, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Special Features.

Student parades are held everywhere in Greece and Cyprus before the October 28 Ochi Day and March 25 Independence Day National holidays.

Ochi Day school parades will be held in Athens and other major cities Saturday.
On Saturday, Thessaloniki will host a military parade for Ochi Day which marks Greece’s joining World War II on the side of the allies in 1940, to be attended by President Karolos Papoulias and Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

UPDATE > Annual ‘OXI Day’ parades honor Greece’s entry into WWII

Greece on Saturday commemorated the Nation’s refusal to allow Axis forces to pass through the country on October 28, 1940, essentially marking the country’s entry into WWII, with parades.

In Thessaloniki, the annual military parade was held in the presence of President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias. After the parade, Papoulias greeted handicapped veterans and National Resistance fighters.

“Our military is a pre-emptive force to be reckoned with by those that may think they can dispute our country’s sovereign rights,” Papoulias told reporters, while adding that the armed forces are also a creative force for peace in the region, “a force of peace that is based on a respect for international law, treaties and pacts…”

Papoulias had arrived in the northern port city of Thessaloniki on Thursday to attend three-day celebrations marking the feast day of the city’s patron saint, Aghios Demetrius (St. Demetrius), the anniversary of the city’s liberation from Ottoman rule (1912) and the anniversary of Greece’s entry into WWII (1940).

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