On Friday, March 23rd, 2018, an official ceremony for the Hellenic National Day took place in NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Greece - Headquarters in “PEDION AREOS” camp in Thessaloniki, in commemoration of the Hellenic Revolution on the 25th of March, 1821.
The ceremony was honored with the presence of the Commander of NRDC-GR, Lieutenant General (HE A) Dimitrios BIKOS, General Consuls of the participating Nations to the HQ, Commanders and Representatives from NRDC-GR Affiliated Units along with the entire HQ staff and their families.
The Chief of Staff of NRDC-GR, Major General (HE A) Christos DRIVAS, during his speech mentioned that the flame and faith of freedom were preserved in the hearts of Greeks, reinforced by the spirit and the preaching of distinguished, well-educated civilians and priests, during the 400 years that Greece was under the Ottoman occupation. Continuing his speech, he added that the Greek revolution was initiated by “Philiki Etaireia” (Friendly Brotherhood), a patriotic Union founded in Odessa, Ukraine, in 1814.
In addition to the above, the COS highlighted the conditions under which the revolution was driven into 1821. More specifically, the revolution has been fostered for a long time by the Greek Orthodox Church while previous revolutions, such as the French Revolution in 1789, influenced drastically the Greek struggle towards liberty. The intervention and great support of the Great Powers of that era was substantial in forging a new course for the forthcoming Greek Nation and Hellenism.
Referring to the Greek flag, the General recalled the convention that was held in Epidaurus in Jan 1822 where the form of a new Greek national flag, a blue square with a white cross, was decided. Blue represents the Greek sky, while white the furious sea waves and the pure Greek soul. The present form of the flag was defined in 1978. Nine horizontal stripes were added standing for the master message of the Greek revolution “ELEYTHERIA Ή THANATOS” that means “FREEDOM or DEATH”, he added.
He concluded with the values and ideas of those who fought in 1821 that continue to inspire us all. Through national unity, Hellenism is winning the battle of the financial crisis that is so critical for the future of the Greek Nation. Today, we are once more being called upon to join forces, to coordinate our efforts, and to overcome emerging crises so that we can hand over to the upcoming generations the future that they deserve.
A reception took place just after the ceremony in NRDC-GR HQ premises. Commander of NRDC-GR, addressing to the guests highlighted the excellent relationship between the Greek and Multinational Staff, a major multiplier to NRDC-GR long achievements. Talking about the future of this HQ he assured that NRDC-GR will continue to offer the venue through which our Nations will demonstrate their unity and support to the Alliance, “securing our values and our future together”.