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Ioannina celebrates 94th liberation anniversary February 21, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Exhibitions Greece, Greece News.

President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Tuesday night attended an event in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, marking the 94th anniversary of the liberation of Ioannina from the Ottoman rule.

“Today’s anniversary is a day of memory and reflection. It reminds us that those who forget are forgotten. We attribute honor to the national gains of the past so as to have a creative present and a hopeful future” President Papoulias said in his address.

Three days of events for the 94th anniversary of the liberation of the City of Ioannina, northwestern Greece, from the Ottoman Turks were launched on Tuesday afternoon, attended by President Papoulias and National Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis.

The Municipality of Ioannina hosted a formal dinner on Tuesday evening in honor of the President, who delivered a commemorative speech following an address by the City Mayor.

The President attended a morning service at the Agios Athanasios Cathedral on Wednesday before visiting the 8th Army Division Headquarters, which is due to be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Bizani Fighters Monument.

A formal dinner at the Army Officers’ Club will be given in honor of the President after the completion of a military and student parade.

President Papoulias is also scheduled to inaugurate the “Balkan Wars 1912-13” and “Epirotes in Venice, 16th and 19th century” exhibitions at the Kostas Frontzos Folkloric Art Museum, while he will also visit the “Alexander the Great” exhibition at the Municipal Library.

evzonegreets.jpg  An Evzone, wearing the traditional honor guard uniform, salutes President Karolos Papoulias during a ceremony yesterday outside Ioannina Cathedral, in northwestern Greece. Papoulias, visiting his hometown to mark the 94th anniversary of Ioannina’s liberation from Turkish occupation, stressed the importance of Greek youngsters learning about their country’s history. ‘Knowledge of history is necessary for national self-knowledge and for our nation to plan for its future,’ Papoulias said.

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