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In About-Face, Turkey Cancels OXI Day Exercises — Again

In yet another abrupt about-face after declaring on the weekend that would in fact hold its war games, which had been scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, Turkish officials stated on Monday that they had decided to cancel the exercises. The...

Greek Archbishop Ieronymos Urges Greeks to Avoid Crowds on OXI Day

Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, the leader of all the Greek Orthodox faithful in the country, urged his fellow citizens to avoid large gatherings on the national holiday of OXI Day, October 28. The Greek government has already...

OXI Day Military, School Parades Cancelled Across Greece This Year

Stelios Petsas, Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and government spokesman, announced on Monday that the country's traditional military and school parades on October 28th would not take place this year due to coronavirus concerns. Although Greece's virus numbers remain...

Washington OXI Day Foundation Offers Annual Philotimo Scholarships

The annual Washington, D.C. based scholarship competition celebrating the Greek spirit is once again underway. Sponsored by the Washington OXI Day Foundation, the awards will give recipients scholarships totaling up to $10,000 this year,  doubling the usual amount as a...

Activists' Disruption of OXI Day Parade Causes Uproar in Greece

The act of ten young women, ridiculing the traditional student parade on OXI Day, has caused an uproar in Greece's political world and Greek society in general, with a "war" raging in social media over the issue. The ten women, headed...

The Statistics of Pride: Greek Resistance to Axis Forces Longest in Europe

Greece's resistance to the Axis powers during the Second World War was the longest of all the nations of western Europe, with the exception of the UK, which was never occupied outside of the Channel Islands. According to historical record,...

Greeks Mark "Oxi Day" with Spectacular Military Parade in Thessaloniki

Thousands of people gathered in the center of the city of Thessaloniki on Monday to watch the military parade to commemorate ”Oxi Day,” when the Greek nation said "No" to the fascist aggression in 1940. Greek civilian groups from all...

Vassilios Tsavaliaris, The First Victim of Italy's Attack on October 28, 1940

It was a few minutes after 5:00 AM on October 28, 1940. The Italian military forces were ordered to launch their first attack against Greece, at the Greek-Albanian border, in the Pindos Mountains. Vassilios Tsiavaliaris, a 28-year-old Greek soldier, stands inside the...

The Women of Epirus: Unsung Heroines of the Greek-Italian War

Most Greeks know about the golden pages of heroism written by the Greek soldiers in the mountains of Northern Epirus, when Greece bravely fended off the Italian attack in 1940. Many, however, ignore the contribution of Greek women; their voluntary...

Australian PM Praises Hellenic Fighting Spirit in Oxi Day Message

The Hon Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia, has delivered a message to the Greek Australian community for the October 28 "Oxi Day" celebrations. “Modern Greek history contains few greater testaments to the Hellenic fighting spirit than the events...