Greece is celebrating its Bicentennial with a spectacular Greek Independence Day Parade today.
Foreign dignitaries, including Prince Charles, representing the UK, are among the few spectators of the event.
Due to the pandemic, the parade is off limits to the public.
But everyone around the world can watch the Greek Independence Day military parade, live:
Army troops, mechanized units and Air Force squadrons, representing the entire array of the Armed Forces, will participate in the parade, as well as representatives of the Hellenic Police, the Fire Service and the Hellenic Coast Guard.
Greek Independence Day parade with traditional costumes
Because of the historic significance of this year’s Greek Independence Day parade, some squads are wearing traditional costumes from different regions of the Greek mainland and the islands, while actual historical artifacts — many of which have not been exhibited before — will also be featured in the parade.
The troops in historical uniforms will lead the parade, followed by mechanized columns and marching units, which will be headed by the “Evzones”, while air formations will be flying in the skies over Athens.
Fighter jets fly over
According to the official schedule, fighter jets will fly over Athens to mark the great day. The Hellenic Air Force will be joined by American F-16 formations, French Rafale, as well as British Voyager aircraft.
NH-90 and Kiowa Warrior helicopters will fly for the first time in the skies of Attica. They will be joined by a P-3B naval aircraft.
The day’s festivities will end at 6:41 PM with the lowering of the flag on the Acropolis, while at the same time the last “21 salute” shots will be fired from the Mt. Lycabettus cannon.
Before the Greek Independence Day parade, a wreath was laid at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier by the President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou and the foreign leaders who have assembled together in Athens.
Earlier, a unit of the Greek Presidential Guard (Evzones) raised the Greek flag on the Acropolis marking the beginning of celebrations for the Bicentennial.
The flag raising ceremony at the Acropolis was attended by the President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The national anthem was sung by the internationally-renowned soprano Anastasia Zanni.