Greek Independence Day events culminate in military parade. Fighter jets flying through the ancient Acropolis and tanks erupted in parliament in central Athens on Thursday as Greece’s two-century anniversary of its liberation struggle ended in a military parade attended by the dignitaries from the Britain, France and Russia but no members of the public.
As Greece struggles to find an increase in the prevalence of coronavirus infections that depress the health system, crowds accustomed to flooding the route were not allowed in the annual Freedom Day show, the public being able to watch only live television or online broadcasts.
Greece has invited dignitaries from Russia, France, and Britain, a force that has been instrumental in the nation’s quest for independence from the Ottoman Empire, to attend the 200th anniversary of the Hellenistic rebellion.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Russian Prime Minister MikhailMishustin and French Defense Minister Florence Parly were in Athens at the ceremony, along with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. French President Emanuel Macron was supposed to be present, but pulled out a few days ago as a coronavirus infection erupted in France and tightened borders in the country.
Charles, Musishustin, Parly and Anastasiades laid flowers at an unknown Army Cemetery outside Parliament before the start of the military parade, which included a group of cavalry recruits and new soldiers from the army, navy and air force, as well as police, fire department and coast guard.
Airplanes and helicopters flew over Athens – including a US Air Force plane, a French Rafale aircraft and the British Royal Air Force Voyager aircraft while Prince Charles flew to Greece, a Union Jack with its own symbols.
Unable to see for themselves the show, many Athenians went out on the balcony in the city center to watch the flyby, taking pictures with cameras and cell phones.
The Greek independence movement began in the Mani region of the southern Peloponnese peninsula in 1821 and continued for years without official foreign aid, and the Greeks gradually dispersed because of opposition and war. In 1827, as the revolution intensified, British, Russian, and French troops intervened to destroy Turkish-Egyptian ships in the Bay of Navarino, west of the Peloponnese.
This important blow enabled the Greeks to fight and finally gain independence in 1830.
Speaking during an official party Wednesday night, Prince Charles noted his relationship with Greece, his grandfather’s country and his father’s birthplace.
He said that he felt so much connection with Greece – its territories, its history and its culture – he Is not alone: there is something very important to all of them. He also said that as the source of Western civilization, the spirit of Greece runs rampant in our societies and our democracy. Without him, our laws, our art, our way of life would not have been as prosperous as it once was.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis kicked off celebrations on Thursday by attending a Greek flag-raising ceremony at the Acropolis.
“Two hundred years ago, a small group of willing soldiers inside and outside Greece raised their voices in protest. They started a process that would end in a dream that even they themselves could not dream of. With the help of their partners, they fought valiantly and gained their freedom, ”Mitsotakis said in a statement.
Throughout Greece’s history as a nation, he said that they live in a time of great adversity and adversity. Wise decisions, but also big mistakes. But throughout all the great tragedies of humanity our planet has always been on the right side of history.
Mitsotakis noted that the Independence of this year was different, but also different, as it finds them in the final battle with this epidemic. With great difficulty, but with victory it is now visible. In addition, their national vaccination campaign is called Freedom.
Although it has been under some kind of closure measures since early November, Greece has seen coronavirus infections, with record numbers of patients admitted to intensive care units and mass deaths daily. Hospitals are overcrowded, with many ICUs in place. As of Wednesday evening, the death toll from the disease had risen to 7,649 and there were approximately 245,000 confirmed cases in a country of nearly 11 million people.