President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos attended on Monday the military parade in the centre of Athens for the 25th March national anniversary. The anniversary commemorates Greece’s 1821 War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire. The President supervised the parade from the official’s platform, temporarily installed in Syntagma Square off the Parliament’s premises.
President Pavlopoulos delivered a new speech at the end of the parade. His statement defended the European identity and warned against the ascension of forces during the forthcoming May 2019 European Elections which ‘openly seek to undermine the European edifice and thus European democracy and European culture. They shall not pass.’
Further, on the occasion of Greece’s National Independence Day, President Pavlopoulos argued that:
‘During the National Anniversary of 25 March 1821, we send a message in every direction that we, the Greeks, having in mind Andreas Kalvos’ verse Freedom needs Virtue and Daring, will defend our freedom, determined, relentless and in conditions of seamless unity against all those who think to attack these values.’
‘The fighters of 1821 and their sacrifice teach us that, above all else, we are a nation of freedom. For Greeks, freedom is not only a right but literally an existential principle and value, since only when free can we live, defend our worth and develop our personality.’
Military Parade Processions
The military parade was attracted large crowds who came in Syntagma Square to attend the commemorations of Greek Independence Day. The parade began with honourable survivors of two World Wwars and nurses of the Greek Red Cross. It was then followed by tanks, heavy artillery and other military vehicles. Meanwhile, the airspace was covered by the resounding appearance of F-16 block 52, Mirage 2000-5 and F-4 aircrafts and helicopters flying in formations and paying their own tribute to Greece’s glorious day. On the ground, battalions of the Hellenic Army, Navy and different echelons of the Security Forces enriched the parade. The military part of the parade was accompanied by members of the Hellenic Police Force, Fire Brigade and Coast Guard.
The official’s platform was attended by President of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis, National Defence Minister, Evangelos Apostolakis, Centrist Union Head Vassilis Leventis, and Cyprus Defence Minister Savvas Angelides.