• Short Summary

    CELEBRATIONS MARKING GREEK INDEPENDENCE WERE STAGED TODAY (THURSDAY) THROUGHOUT GREECE. THERE WERE CHURCH SERVICES AND?

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    CELEBRATIONS MARKING GREEK INDEPENDENCE WERE STAGED TODAY (THURSDAY) THROUGHOUT GREECE. THERE WERE CHURCH SERVICES AND PARADES MANY TOWNS AND CITIES, BUT THE FOCAL POINT OF THE FESTIVITIES WAS IN ATHENS.

    THE CELEBRATION OPENED WITH A TE DEUM IN ATHENS CATHEDRAL, ATTENDED BY THE GREEK ROYAL FAMILY, MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS AND LEADING CITIZENS. AFTERWARDS THE KING PARTED BRIEFLY FROM HIS YOUNG WIFE, WHO IS EXPECTING CHILD, TO MOUNT A WHITE CHARGER AND TAKE THE SALUTE AT A MARCH PAST OF GREECE'S ARMED SERVICES.

    TODAY'S FESTIVITIES MARKED THE 143RD ANNIVERSARY OF GREEK LIBERATION FROM THE YOKE OF OTTOMAN DOMINATION. IN THE EARLY PART OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, THE GREEK PEOPLE CARRIED ON A LONG AND BITTER STRUGGLE TO FREE THEMSELVES FROM TURKISH RULE - CONFLICT WHICH FIRED THE IMAGINATION OF THE ENGLISH POET LORD BYRON.

    TAKING PART IN THE PARADE WERE INFANTRY UNITS, MECHANISED CAVALRY, LIGHT AND HEAVY ARTILLERY AND MISSILE SQUADRONS EQUIPPED WITH THE NIKE ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILE AND THE HONEST JOHN TACTICAL ARTILLERY ROCKET.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1EOVWPVIPHW01VJOA32VH28XY
    Media URN:
    VLVA1EOVWPVIPHW01VJOA32VH28XY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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