A flotilla of Greek fishing boats loaded with fresh home-made food, vegetables and other supplies set sail recently from the town of Myrtos, near Ierapetra, Crete to the Hellenic Navy frigate “Limnos” as a token gesture of gratitude to the sailors defending Greek waters.
The touching move was spontaneously organized by the local authority as news emerged that the frigate, which recently collided with a Turkish warship, but emerged unscathed, was sailing off the eastern edge of Crete.
Within a few hours locals gathered all they could, including freshly baked dishes of pastitsio, mousaka, spaghetti, pizzas, souvlakia and grilled fish.
Others donated vegetables freshly picked from their backyard. Local shops offered bottles of fresh water, soft drinks and anything they could think it would help the sailors who are on constant duty out in the open sea since July.
“Offering a dish of freshly cooked food is just a token gesture,” says Alexandros Pantelakis, the mayor of the town. “We just want to make them feel they are not alone. To make them feel that we are standing by them.”