They are renowned worldwide for their traditional uniform and ceremonial rigour and for the first time in Western Australian history, Greece’s Presidential Guard is visiting the City of Perth.

Ten members from the elite unit of the Hellenic Presidential Guard will march down St George’s Terrace on Friday, 4 November before attending a flag-raising ceremony outside Council House to mark Greece’s National OHI Day. 

City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the commemorative visit marks the anniversary of the day Greece entered World War Two for the Allies, cementing historic ties with Australia. 

“The City of Perth has a deep respect for a relationship that was forged between two countries during a war that saw some of our very own fighting side-by-side half a world away,” Mr Zempilas said.

“I encourage anyone who lives or works in the City and all of our visitors to come and witness a part of history by watching part of Greek’s Presidential Guard march down St George’s Terrace and hold a flag-raising ceremony outside Council House,” he said.

“This is a unique opportunity to see all the pomp, ceremony and symbolism of an elite unit that you would normally have to travel overseas to experience.”

The Greek Consul in Perth, Georgia Karasiotou, said the Evzones are a very recognisable icon of Greece.

“They inspire awe and admiration to Greeks and international visitors alike. To have them here in Perth is extremely fortunate,” Ms Karasiotou said.

The Presidential Guard will start marching down St Georges Terrace from the Duxton Hotel at midday.

A flag-raising ceremony will be held outside Council House at approximately 12:10pm before an official Reception is held inside with the Lord Mayor, City of Perth CEO and the Greek Consul, among other dignitaries. 


Vision opportunities:
•    Marching down St George’s Terrace | Starting at the Duxton Hotel | 12:00pm 
•    Flag raising ceremony | outside Council House | 12:10pm 


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