The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Crete will be marked in 2016 in Victoria by a series of events planned by the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council.
The Council was formed recently in Melbourne and is an initiative of the indefatigable leadership of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne and the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne, under the guidance of the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand.
Its purpose is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Crete in Australia in such a way that will preserve and promote the shared history and the links between Australia, New Zealand and Greece, raise awareness of the importance of the Battle of Crete and to remember and honour the fallen and the remaining veterans.
The council has the support of a cross-section of the Greek Australian Communities, the Greek authorities in Australia, veterans’ associations, prominent politicians, researchers and authors and veterans’ descendants.
Some of the events planned include a photographic exhibition, a schools’ competition, lectures and seminars on the Greek involvement in World War II, the Greek campaign and the Battle of Crete, parades, olive tree plantations, plaque and memorial unveilings, commemorative services, wreath-laying ceremonies and book launches.
The Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council welcomes the community’s involvement in the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Crete and beyond, and would like to hear from any interested parties, especially veterans’ descendants, youth organisations and readers in history with a special interest in military history, Cretan Greek history and WWII history.