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200 YEARS MODERN GREECE

This year, Greeks all over the world are celebrating the 200th anniversary since our revolution for Independence which resulted in our freedom and self-determination and allowed us to have a Historic continuity. The Greek Community of Victoria & Vancouver Island proudly participates in the global celebration of Hellenism.

It all started on March 25th 1821 and many things have happened in those 200 year. Greece has changed significantly since then (socially, economically, in size), faced challenges and experienced great changes wins and disappointments, always inspired by the heroes of 1821 and the achievements of our History.

The Hellenic Nation all over the world (Greece, Cyprus, Diaspora) is paying tribute to the Heroes that sacrificed their lives 200 years ago and the ones that they inspired in the National Struggles that followed.

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People & Events from the Revolution Era

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Rigas Fereos

Rigas Fereos

Political Activist

Freedom or Death

Freedom or Death

Flag of the Revolution

Adamantios Korais

Adamantios Korais

1748 - 1833 Scholar, figure of the Greek Enlightenment

Manto Mavrogenous

Manto Mavrogenous

Sponsor of the Revolution

Georgios Karaiskakis

Georgios Karaiskakis

General of the Revolutionary Army

Battle of Navarino

Battle of Navarino

The last battle of the Revolution

Konstantinos Kanaris

Konstantinos Kanaris

1790 - 1877 Admiral, Prime Minister

Battle of Arachova

Battle of Arachova

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Arachova

Theodoros Kolokotronis

Theodoros Kolokotronis

General of the Revolutionary Army

Battle of Dervenakia

Battle of Dervenakia

July 26 to 28, 1822

Nikitas Stamatelopoulos

Nikitas Stamatelopoulos

1784 - 1849 Fearless hero

Battle of Valtetsi

Battle of Valtetsi

May 12, 1821

The Messsolongi Exodus

The Messsolongi Exodus

Siege of Messolongi form April 1825 to April 1826

Markos Botsaris

Markos Botsaris

1788 - 1823 Captain of Souli

Battle of Faliro

Battle of Faliro

May 6, 1827

Odysseas Androutsos

Odysseas Androutsos

178 - 1825 Executed by traitors

Andreas Miaoulis

Andreas Miaoulis

1765 - 1835 Admiral

Ioannis Makrygianni

Ioannis Makrygianni

1797 - 1864 General, Politician, helped establish the 1st constitution

The Massacre of Chios

The Massacre of Chios

Painting by Eugene Delacroix

Laskarina Bouboulina

Laskarina Bouboulina

1771 - 1825 Naval Commander

Athanasios Diakos

Athanasios Diakos

1788 - 1821 Military Commander, tortured to death

Grateful Hellas

Grateful Hellas

Painting by Theodore Vryzakis

Ioannis Kapodistrias

Ioannis Kapodistrias

1776 - 1831 Reformer, Diplomat, 1st Governor of the Greek Republic

Dionysios Solomos

Dionysios Solomos

1798 - 1857 Composer of the "Hymn to Freedom", our National Anthem

In the following 200 years many left their mark

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Media Coverage

Our celebration has had plenty of media coverage.

How did we celebrate on March 25th

Greek flag on the Legislature
Greek flag on the Legislature

Our children
Our children

Our flag downtown
Our flag downtown

Greek flag on the Legislature
Greek flag on the Legislature

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Acknowledgements

We are very grateful to many municipalities and other public offices for their supporting our National Day celebration. 

  • A proclamation for this day has been decided by the municipalities of Victoria, Langford, Esquimalt and Colwood

  • The Greek Flag will be raised by the the Provincial Legislature and municipalities of Campbell River, Saanich, Ladysmith, and Nanaimo.

  • The Legislature will be illuminating in blue its fountains

We are very thankful to their kind support

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