Expired

82nd Anniversary BATTLE OF CRETE: programme of events 22nd – 28th May

From 8 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023 until the evening of Sunday, May 28, 2023:
 flag decoration of shops, Public Services, Banks etc, as well as ships in the port of Souda.

MONDAY  MAY 22, 2023 

  • 11:00 – Gouverneto  Monastery ( Akrotiri)
  • Memorial Service
  • Depositing wreaths
  • A minute of silence in memory of the fallen
  • National Anthem
  • Greeting from the Mayor of Chania Mr.  Panagiotis Simandirakis
  • Speech on the events in the area by the President of the Association for the Preservation of the Memory of the Battle of Crete and the Resistance, Mr.  Yiannis Thymianos

Organisation:  Municipality of Chania 

TUESDAY MAY 23, 2023 – KISSAMOS

  • 19:30 – Municipality of Kissamos – Monument for the Fallen – Kallergiana Junction
  • Memorial Service
  • Depositing wreaths
  • A minute of silence in memory of the fallen
  • National Anthem by the  Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Kissamos “Irenaios Galanakis”
  • Greeting from the Mayor of Kissamos, Mr.  Giorgos Mylonakis
  • Speech about the events in the area by the architect engineer Mrs.  Nektaria Lainaki
  • Rizitika songsfrom the Rizitika Association  “Kissamos” (Ann.: Rizitika songs are the oldest type of music in Crete, originating from the western part of the island)
  • Traditional treat from the Municipality of Kissamos

Organisation:  Municipality of Kissamos, Non-profit Enterprise of the Municipality of Kissamos (K.E.D.I.K.) 

WEDNESDAY MAY 24, 2023 

  • 11:00 –  Municipality of Kantanos-Selinou – in Floria at  Floria Square
  • Memorial Service
  • Invitation of the Fallen
  • Depositing wreaths
  • A minute of  silence in memory of the fallen
  • National Anthem
  • Greeting from the Mayor of Kantanou-Selinou, Mr.  Antonis  Perrakis
  • Greeting from the President of the Florian Cultural and Educational Association Mr.  GeorgiosGeorgilakis
  • Speech on the events in the area by Mr.  Yiannis Skalidakis , Member of the E.D.I.P. Departmentof Political Science of the University of Crete
  • Traditional treat from the Municipality of Kantanos-Selinou and the Cultural and Educational Association
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Organisation : Municipality of Kantanou-Selinou, Cultural & Educational Association of Floria

2023 2023

THURSDAY MAY 25, 2023 – KOLYMBARI and Limanaki NEA CHORA, Chania

  • 11:00 – Kolymbari – at the Evelpidon Monument  (War Memorial for Greek Cadets of WW2)
  • Memorial Service
  • Depositing wreaths
  • A minute of silence in memory of the fallen
  • National Anthem
  • Greeting from the Mayor of Platanias Mr.  Ioannis Malandrakis
  • Speech by the Commander of the 5th A  /M TAX  ” V  Cretan Division”  Brigadier Michael Plumis
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Organization:  5th  A/M TAX ” V  Division of Cretans”,  Municipality of Platanias  

  • 18:30 – CHANIA – Limanaki Nea Chora – Monument for Fallen Residents of Nea Chora 
  • Memorial Service
  • Depositing wreaths
  • A minute of silence in memory of the fallen
  • National Anthem by the  Philharmonic Orchestra Chania
  • Greeting from the Mayor of Chania, Mr.  Panagiotis Simandirakis
  • Speech on the events in the area by the Director of the 6th Board  of Directors . Mrs.  Smaragdis Katzourakis

Organisation:  Municipality of Chania 

FRIDAY MAY 26, 2023 

  • 1 1 :00 – CHANIA : Firka Fortress
  • Official Flag Raising
  • National Anthems

Visit to the MARITIME MUSEUM of Crete: Presentation of new Battle of Crete exhibits
Organisation:  Maritime Museum of Crete   

  • 13:30  –  42 Tsikalarion Street,Chania – Australian  and New Zealand Military Expeditionary Force ( ANZAC )  Memorial in Memory of May 27 ,  1941
  • Memorial Service
  • Depositing wreaths
  • A minute’s silence in memory of the fallen
  • National Anthems
  • Greeting and speech by the Mayor of Chania, Mr.  Panagiotis Simandirakis
  • Greetings from  Representatives of the  Official  Authorities  of  Australia  and  New Zealand

Organisation:  Municipality of Chania,  with the participation of the Tsikalarion Cultural Association, Australian ANZAC Memorial Committee

  • 1 8 : 3 0 – GALATAS – Greek-New Zealanders Monument
  • Memorial Service
  • Depositing wreaths
  • A minute’s silence in memory of the fallen
  • National Anthems
  • Greeting from the Mayor of Chania Mr.  Panagiotis Simandirakis
  • Greetings from  New Zealand Officials  

Organisation:  Municipality of Chania 

SATURDAY MAY 27, 2023 

  • 1 1 : 0 0 – Alikianos – Keritis Monument
  • Memorial Service
  • Depositing wreaths
  • A minute’s silence in memory of the fallen
  • National Anthems
  • Greeting from the Mayor of Platanias Mr.  Ioannis Malandrakis
  • Speech on the events in the area by the historian Dr. Giorgos Limantzakis

Organisation:  Municipality of Platanias 

Organisation:  British Embassy in Athens  

SUNDAY MAY 28, 2023 

  • 11:00 – Holy Metropolitan Church of Chania – Official Doxology

07:00 – 10:00  Divine Liturgy

Commemoration  of the Fallen of the Battle of Crete

Organisation:  Holy Metropolis of Kydonia, Region of Crete-Regional Unit of Chania, Municipality of Chania 

  • 11:30 – OLD PORT of Chania – Parade of Flag Bearers of the Traditional Associations of Chania

A delegation of Traditional Associations  of the Municipality of Chania will  parade in the  Port of Chania  starting from Talo Square and ending at Neorio Moro.

With the participation  of the  Philharmonic Orchestra of Chania

Organisation:  Municipality of Chania,  KEPPEDICH-KAM 

  • 12:00 – “TANAIS” Victims Memorial -– Akti Miaouli, Koum Kapi , eastern part of Port of Chania

Annual Memorial Service  at the  Memorial  for all the  Victims of the Sinking of the “Tanais”  

  • Memorial prayers  from the Wise Rabbi of Athens, Mr.  Gabriel Negrin,  the Reverend Metropolitan of Kydonia and Apokoronou, etc.  Damaskinos,  the representative of the Catholic Church of Chania,  Reverend   Louka Romani
  • Greetings from Representatives of Local Authorities
  • Greetings to the President of the Central Jewish Council of Greece, Mr.  David Saltiel
  • Greetings to the Chairman of the Board of Directors AMKE “Ets Hayim” Ms.  Vasiliki Giakoumaki
  • Memorial service  at  Chania Etz Hayim Synagogue .

Organization:  Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Central Jewish Council of Greece 

  • 13:30 – Maleme – Event at the German Cemetery
  • Memorial Service
  • Depositing wreaths

Organisation : Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens 

  • 18:30 –  MALEME Airport – Closing Ceremony – Crete Battle Memorial

PART I – Battle of Crete Monument

  • Memorial Service
  • Depositing wreaths
  • A minute of silence in memory of the fallen
  • National Anthems

PART II 

  • Greeting from the Deputy Governor of Chania, Mr.  Nikolaos Kalogeri
  • Greeting from the Mayor of Chania Mr.  Panagiotis Simandirakis
  • Speech by the Mayor of Platanias Mr.  Ioannis Malandrakis
  • Government Representative Greeting
  • Paratroopers 
  • Air show of F 16  aircraft  from  115 AM

Organisation:  Chania Regional Unit, Municipality of Platanias, Municipality of Chania, 5th A  /M TAX, 115 PM, 1st  MAL 

PARALLEL  CULTURAL  EVENT WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE CELEBRATION

  • Friday, May 26  , 2023 – Time 20:00 – Papadomanolaki Timber Building – Exhibition of Period Objects  in VARIPETRO

Opening of an exhibition  entitled  “Evidence and souvenirs of a different era…” , with objects, memorabilia, two-wheelers and four-wheelers from the Battle of Crete

Curator of the exhibition:  Kostas Mamalakis , Historian

Opening of the exhibition:  May 26, 2023  at  20:00

VENUE :  Papadomanolaki Timber Building (end of  Kazantzakis Avenue (Sykolia), Varipetro)
Exhibition duration  : from  24  to  28 May 2023
Opening hours:  18:00 – 22:00

Organisation:  Chania Regional Unit, Chania Municipality 

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Lydia

I'm Austrian living in Tavronitis, love nature, music, good books, sunsets, the sea, travelling, socializing and more. I came to Crete as a student in the early 70s, exploring the west and southwest of the island with friends by motorbike. When you are young everything is important and, there are lots of things to do...I did. Job, family,children, travelling the world. But I never lost my love for Crete for a minute. And seven years ago I ended up in this convenient corner of Crete, not only for holidays, but to stay and haven't regretted it for a minute.