On November the 19th 2021, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Greece (NRDC-GR) held an official ceremony at its premises for the celebration of the Albanian Independence/Flag Day.
NRDC-GR Commander Lieutenant General Anastasios SPANOS welcomed the Consul General of the Albanian Consulate in Thessaloniki, Mr. Arqile SOTA who represented the Albanian authorities at the event. The Commander expressed his pleasure for celebrating together the Independence Day and thanked the distinguished guest for honoring the event with his presence. He also highlighted the importance of tradition and honoring those who defend their Homelands. Mr. SOTA thanked the Commander for providing the opportunity of the celebration, referred to the contribution of Albania in the activities of the Alliance and declared that Albania is proud to be a NATO member.
The Albanian Senior National Representative at NRDC-GR, Lieutenant Colonel Ilir ZENELI, referred to the meaning of the day; the Albanian independence and the raise of the Flag in Vlora on the 28th of November 1912; the same flag (the twin head eagle), raised on the same day (28th of November) that Gjergj KASTRIOT SKENDERBEU raised his flag in Kruja in 1443. The C’ Corps Military Band played the Greek and Albanian National Anthems.
The ceremony concluded with a small reception that took place at HQ premises. During the event, all the respective COVID-19 pandemic protocols were implemented and the protective measures were followed.