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October 28

The October 28, 1940 'OXI': Brave Words by Brave Men

Few great moments of Greece's history are so well documented as the defiant "OXI" Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas told the Italian Ambassador in Athens Emanuele Grazzi at three o'clock in the morning of October 28, 1940. Grazzi visited Metaxas' home...

The Air Force Captain That Touched Greek Hearts

Sotiris Stralis, a Hellenic Air Force captain, moved all of Greece with a message he delivered to President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias during the October 28 national parade in Thessaloniki. During an air show yesterday at the northern Greek...

Greek President: The Crisis Will Not Defeat Us

  Confident that Greece will soon overcome the ongoing crisis and that its people are still united, appeared Greek President Karolos Papoulias from Thessaloniki where he earlier attended the military parade for the national day of October 28. “It was an excellent...

Draconian Security Measures for Greek Parades

For the third consecutive year, thousands of police officers and strict security measures were deployed in order to shut down Athens’ and Thessaloniki’s centers for the parades commemorating the country’s heroic entry into World War Two. In both cities,...

PM Samaras Message on October 28 National Day

A message with multiple recipients was sent earlier today by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras during his message for the “Oxi” national holiday. In his official statement, Samaras underlined that the nation will now be able to move forward, the long-awaited...

Greek Community in Canada Celebrates “Oxi” Day

For yet another year, the Greek community of Montreal celebrated the “Oxi” national day with brilliance and mass participation on Sunday. Doxology for those who gave their life in the Albanian Front took place in Saint George Cathedral by...

The OXI Greeks Need to Say Today

(Emblem of the 8th Infantry Division, the first Greek army unit that faced the Italian army in the Albanian front.)  On October 28, 1940, the Italian Ambassador to Greece, Emanuele Grazzi, visited Greek Prime Minister (and dictator) Ioannis Metaxas and demanded...

OXI Day: Iconic Images of Greece in WWII

On October 28th, millions around the world will commemorate OXI Day, a day honoring Greece’s courageous resistance during WWII. On October 28th, 1940, the Italian ambassador to Greece, Emanuele Grazzi delivered an ultimatum from Benito Mussolini to Prime Minister Ioannis...

Girl of Albanian Origin to Hold Greek Flag

As published by candia.gr, a school in Hersonisos, Crete, was cause for talk throughout the region. Parents and students reacted when the school decided that an Albanian student will be the leader of the school parade on October 28. The...

Acropolis Museum Celebrates "Oxi Day"

In celebration of "Oxi Day," on October 28, Acropolis Museum will offer its visitors free admission and special events. October 28 is an important national holiday in Greece as it commemorates the day Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas rejected the ultimatum given...