The Minister of National Defence, Nikos Dendiasstates in his Order of the Day for the National Anniversary of October 28, 1940, addressing the Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, Soldiers, Sailors, Sergeants, National Guardsmen, Reservists and Civilian Personnel of the Armed Forces:
“Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, Soldiers, Sailors, Servicemen, National Guardsmen, Reservists and Civilian Personnel,
Every year, on this day, we respectfully bring back to national memory the generation of Greeks of 1940.
They highlighted the National dignity, resisting beyond any correlation of forces to Fascism and Nazism.
They paid a heavy price of honest blood on the altar of the Freedom of the Greeks and of Europe.
National Anniversaries, parades, holidays are useful, when they function as mechanisms for projecting a Historical Example. When they act as projection mechanisms of the Collective Standard, which gives meaning to our multi-thousand-year National presence in the Global Event.
Greece, fully aware of its historical responsibility, will rephrase “NO” as an intelligent response to any attempt to question its national sovereignty and sovereign rights.
With strong alliances and of course with the deterrent power of our Armed Forces, as the frontline of its actions.
And always as a loyal devotee of International legality and the European Acquis, in the context of which she places her behavior.
Women and men of the Armed Forces,
Thank you for your Services to the Country and Society.
I invite and exhort you, inspired by the example of October 28, 1940, to continue resolutely in carrying out your duties, based on our ideals and traditions.
The Greek people are looking to you. He knows that you are the guardians of every end of the Greek land and supporters of society in every difficulty.
Long live October 28, 1940!
Long live the Armed Forces!
Cheer for the nation!”.
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