The Deputy Minister of National Defense Mr. Nikolaos Hardalias yesterday, Monday, November 7, 2022, he went to the island of Limnos where he had meetings related to the construction of a Memorial in honor of the men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), who served on the island during the Gallipoli campaign 1915-1916.
Mr. Hardalias met with the Director of the Directorate of Offshore Memorials and Programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs of Australia, Ms. Caroline Bartletther Assistant and Head of the Monument construction project, Mr. Melissa Campbellthe Historical Scientist of the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs and responsible scientific advisor for the specific project, Ms. Rebecca Flemingthe Public Diplomacy Officer of the Embassy of Australia in Greece, Ms Lousy Kalfagian, as a representative of the Australian Ambassador to Greece, the Prefect of Limnos, Mr. Angel Vlatta Lambrino and the Mayor of Limnos Mr. Dimitrios Marinakiswith which an autopsy was performed on the sites where the Monument will be built and the final details of its design were finalized.
The presence of the Government Officials of the Australian Government follows the visit of the Deputy Minister of National Defense to Australia, between October 21 – 29, 2022, where he met, among others, on October 24, 2022, with the Minister responsible for Veterans Affairs, Mr. Matt Keogh and discussed the ongoing construction of the aforementioned memorial site in Lemnos. On October 25, 2022, the Australian Government approved the budget for the year 2022-2023 which included a project amounting to 4.9 million Australian dollars related to the said Memorial.
Present at the meeting was the Commander of the Supreme Military Command of the Interior and Islands (ASDEN) Lt. Gen. Dimitrios Whoops and the Commander of the 88th Military Command “LEMNOS” Brigadier General Constantine Takopoulos.
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