The Lemnos Connection to ANZAC

From left to right - Lee Tarlamis President, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Christina Despoteris, Vice President, Thessaloniki Association 'The White Tower', Panos Kammenos Minister of National Defence, John Pandazopoulos President, World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association, General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chief of National Defence
From left to right – Lee Tarlamis President, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Christina Despoteris, Vice President, Thessaloniki Association ‘The White Tower’, Panos Kammenos Minister of National Defence, John Pandazopoulos President, World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association, General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chief of National Defence

 

The Anzac events on both Lemnos and Athens were all very well attended

There were commemorative services at both Portianou Military Cemetery and East Moudros Cemetery.

From left to right - Christina Despoteris, Vice President, Thessaloniki Association 'The White Tower', Athina Roussi, Lee Tarlamis President, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Bronwyn Halfpenny MP, Representing the Victorian Parliament
From left to right – Christina Despoteris, Vice President, Thessaloniki Association ‘The White Tower’, Athina Roussi, Lee Tarlamis President, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Bronwyn Halfpenny MP, Representing the Victorian Parliament

Various events were organised around the island including a key note address by Jim Claven and the Lemnos Gallipoli Photographic Exhibition. A highlight of the activities was the visit to Lemnos by the HMAS Success, an Australian ship. Christina Despoteris, Vice-President, represented the Thessaloniki Association and laid a wreath at the memorial at Moudros Habour on 20 April.

From left to right - Lee Tarlamis President, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Christina Despoteris, Vice President Thessaloniki Association 'The White Tower', The Hon Richard Dalla Riva MP, Representing the Victorian Parliament, John Pandazopoulos President, World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association
From left to right – Lee Tarlamis President, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Christina Despoteris, Vice President Thessaloniki Association ‘The White Tower’, The Hon Richard Dalla Riva MP, Representing the Victorian Parliament, John Pandazopoulos President, World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association

The Lemnos Connection to Anzac” an event organised by the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee on Anzac Day in Athens at the War Museum was a great success.. It was the first time that such an event was held in Athens. The auditorium of the museum was a sea of colour with representatives of the HMAS Success, representatives of the various military academies and of course many members of the public as well as the following official guests:

  • Mr Nikolaos Toskas, Deputy Minister of National Defence
  • His Excellency the Australain Ambassador, Mr John Griffin
  • His Excellency the British Ambassador, Mr John Kittmer
  • Mr Costas Cotsilinis, Honorary Consul General of New Zealand
  • Ms Julie Croteau, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Canada
  • Representatives of the Chiefs of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff –
    ΓΕΕΘΑ, ΓΕΣ, ΓΕΝ, ΓΕΑ and the Hellenic Police
  • Bronwyn Halfpenny MP and The Hon Richard Dalla Riva MP
    Representing the Victorian Parliament
  • John Pandazopoulos, President, World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association
  • Captain Justin Jones and Officers and Sailors of Ship’s Company, HMAS Success
  • Brigadier General Panayiotis Kaperonis, Director, War Museum of Athens
  • Vice Admiral Alexandros Theodosiou, Former Deputy Chief of Defence

 

unna1Christina Despoteris was the host for the evening. Mr Nikolaos Toskas, Deputy Minister of Defence addressed the audience, followed by His Excellency the Australian Ambassador Mr John Griffin.
Mr Lee Tarlamis then welcomed guests and spoke about the LGCC and this was followed by the screening of a new documentary produced by Yiannis Korodimou the Manager of Cinema Archive of the museum especially for this event. The key note address was then given by Mr Jim Claven.
The event concluded with some presentations.

Lemnos Connection to ANZAC