Message from the Lord Mayor, Basil Zempilas on Greek Independence Day
The City of Perth is celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the National Day of Greece by lighting up Council House in blue and white and flying the Greek flag.
This significant anniversary is a momentous milestone for the independence of the Hellenic Republic and the establishment of the modern Greece.
“This occasion holds high significance to Greek communities across Australia and represents a momentous milestone in our history,” City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.
“I am proud of my Greek heritage and of the spirited Greek community that has been built in Western Australia.
“This landmark anniversary is a celebration for us all, in unity with Greek communities worldwide - I wish you all kali 200i imera anexartisias - Happy 200th Independence Day.”
"We are honoured and humbled by the warmth with which the whole world is celebrating with us this important moment for Greece and Hellenism,” Georgia Karasiotou Consul of Greece in Perth said.
“Greece is a small country with a big heritage that is well known and appreciated; our thriving Diaspora which is spread all over the globe are Ambassadors of who we are and what we are able to achieve also in modern times.
“We are grateful to the City of Perth and the Lord Mayor for joining our Bicentenary Celebration, by flying the Greek flag and lighting the Council House in blue and white on our National Day. Celebrations will continue the whole year long, so stay tuned for more information and we hope to see you there!"
The City of Perth has not one but two sister city relationships with Greek islands, Kastellorizo (Megisti) and Rhodes.
Kastellorizo and Perth were proclaimed sister cities in 1984 reportedly owing to the large Greek population in Perth.
Lord Mayor, City of Perth
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