• Short Summary

    PREMIER CONSTANTINE KARAMANLIS AND SENIOR MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET ON SATURDAY (26 OCTOBER) ATTENDED A MILITARY PARADE IN SALONIKA MARKING THE 34TH ANNIVERSARY OF GREECE'S ENTRY INTO WORLD WAR 11.

  • Description

    PREMIER CONSTANTINE KARAMANLIS AND SENIOR MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET ON SATURDAY (26 OCTOBER) ATTENDED A MILITARY PARADE IN SALONIKA MARKING THE 34TH ANNIVERSARY OF GREECE'S ENTRY INTO WORLD WAR 11.

    OCTOBER THE 28TH HAS BECOME KNOWN AS "OCHI" DAY -- OR "NO" DAY -- IN COMMEMORATION OF GREECE'S REFUSAL TO YIELD TO ITALIAN DEMANDS TO SURRENDER. THE REPLAY WAS GIVEN BY GREEK LEADER, GENERAL METAXAS IN 1940. THE MILITARY PARADE THROUGH SALONIKA -- AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE AEGEAN SEA -- WAS A SHOW OF GREECE MILITARY STRENGTH. AMONG THE ARSENAL WERE NEW FRENCH TANKS AND BRITISH-MADE MISSILES.

    THE "OCHI" DAY CELEBRATIONS WERE TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS WITH CHURCH SERVICES AND CEREMONIES COMMEMORATING FALLEN GREEK SOLDIERS, PUBLIC GATHERINGS AND SPEECHES IN SCHOOLS.

    SYNOPSIS: THE GREEK TOWN OF SLAONIKA AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE AEGEAN SEA. ON SATURDAY, THE CITY WAS THE SCENE OF A LARGE MILITARY PARADE ATTENDED BY PREMIER CONSTANTINE KARAMANLIS AND SENIOR MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET. THE PARADE MARKED THE THIRTY FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF GREECE'S ENTRY INTO THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

    SERVICEMEN FROM THE FIRST AND SECOND WORLD WARS MARCHED IN THE PROCESSION. THE PARADE WAS THE START OF THREE DAYS OF CELEBRATIONS ENDING ON OCTOBER THE TWENTY-EIGHTH -- THE DAY GREECE ENTERED THE WAR. THE DAY HAS BECOME KNOWN AS "OCHI DAY" -- OR NO DAY TO COMMEMORATE GREECE'S REFUSAL TO SURRENDER TO THE ITALIANS. THE BLUNT REPLY WAS DELIVERED BY GREEK LEADER GENERAL METAXAS IN NINETEEN FORTY. THE PARADE THROUGH SALONIKA ALSO SERVED AS A SHOW OF GREEK MILITARY STRENGTH.

    THOUSANDS MADE THE JOURNEY TO SALONIKA FOR THE CELEBRATIONS. FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS, THE CELEBRATIONS WERE A SHOW-CASE FOR GREECE'S MILITARY JUNTA LEADERS. FRENCH-MADE TANKS WERE AMONG THE MORE IMPRESSIVE UNITS THIS YEAR.

    IRONICALLY, IT WAS THE POSSIBILITY OF A MILITARY CONFRONTATION WITH TURKEY OVER CYPRUS WHICH LED TO THE DOWNFALL OF THE ATHENS MILITARY JUNTA. MANY OF THE WEAPONS ON SHOW WOULD HAVE MADE IT A DEVASTATING WAR. AMERICAN MADE PHANTOM FIGHTER BOMBERS FLEW OVER AS THE PARADE MADE ITS WAY THROUGH THE CITY STREETS.

    THE "OCHI DAY" CELEBRATIONS WERE TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3DUV68AXFJ3YEORA3VUHRVC5S
    Media URN:
    VLVA3DUV68AXFJ3YEORA3VUHRVC5S
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/10/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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