Released by special permission of the President of Greece, the Evzones visited Adelaide and Sydney to take part in the official ANZAC Day ceremonies, celebrating the role of the soldiers of Greece and Crete, often known as the ‘forgotten ANZACs’.
The Evzones joined the Allied Forces for Sydney's Anzac Day March, and they will form a Guard of Honour at the Martin Place Cenotaph from 1-2 pm on April 28 and 29.
The Presidential Guard is an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Mansion and the gate of Evzones camp in Athens.
The unit is famous around the world for its unique traditional uniform, which has evolved from the clothes worn by the klephts who fought the Ottoman occupation of Greece. The most visible item of this uniform is the fustanella, a kilt-like garment. Their proven valour and peculiar dress turned them into a popular image for the Greek soldier.
The students of McCallums Hill PS had an incredible experience by the visit of EVZONES to their school on the 26th of April! They learned about their history, their uniforms and along with other schools they had the opportunity to meet the Presidential Guard and admire their unique presence!
The students of St Euphemia College will also welcome the Hellenic Presidential Guard on the 2nd of May.
For more details on the events the Presidential Guard will be present at please contact the Hellenic Club of Sydney http://www.hellenicclub.net.au/