Inaugural Annual Commemorative Service
11am Saturday, 13th August 2016
The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee (LGCC) organised the Annual Commemorative Service at Foote Street Reserve in Albert Park, part of the City of Port Phillip, the place where young Australians left for Gallipoli more than 100 years ago. The spot at Foote St. Reserve is for ever marked with the wonderful sculpture by Peter Corlett OAM, the renowned Melbourne sculptor who has designed a number of other ANZAC sculptures. The sculpture mainly serves as a memorial to the 130 Australian nurses who served at Lemnos in WWI and the sixty thousand ANZAC soldiers who were cared for at Lemnos during that period.
Thessaloniki Association “The White Tower” was also there supporting this wonderful initiative which exemplifies the ties between Greece and Australia, among a large number of other organisations which lay wreaths of respect to those who fought in the line of duty, for freedom and justice, in another land and another time. Thessaloniki Association was represented by the Public Relations Officer Mr Iakovos Garivaldis OAM.
In the words of the President of LGCC Hon Lee Tarlamis:
“…I would like to welcome all of you to the inaugural annual commemorative service at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial, Foote Street Albert Park. This is the first of our annual wreath-laying commemorative services. It is 12 months since we began our journey to erect this lasting memorial to the role of Lemnos in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. The brochure explains the background to the Memorial and sets out the Order of Service for the commemoration. Photographs reproduced are from the collections held by the Australian War Memorial, the State Library of NSW and the private collections of former Nurses Mary McIlroy and Evelyn Hutt. I would like to thank our Secretary, Mr Jim Claven, for preparing the booklet, and our Vice-President, Ms Christina Despoteris, for organising this year’s commemoration, and all the other members of the Committee who volunteered their time and efforts. Thank you to all who participated in and attended this Commemorative Service to honour those who served on Lemnos, those who remain in its war graves and the local Hellenic population who assisted them.”
As you will see in the photos below, the service was supported on the day by a number of VIPs from the Victorian Government, the Local Councils, Community organisations, local schools and a number of people who were there to witness this wonderful event. The
As we know from history, the beautiful island of Lemnos, laying in the waters of the northern Aegean, was the essential base for the whole Gallipoli campaign. Lemnos provided safe harbour for nearly 200 Allied ships, including Australia’s famous AE2 submarine. Its people welcomed the ANZACs. Lemnos was where the ANZACs walked in the footsteps of Greece’s epic past. Lemnos was where the Armistice ending the war in the eastern Mediterranean was signed, and Lemnos was where over 200 ANZACs remain along with over 1000 other Allied soldiers, honoured in the island’s war cemeteries.
A small taste of the service follows: