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BATTLE OF CRETE COMMEMORATIONS - CRETE, 15-24 MAY 2021

From 15 to 24 May 2021, the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Crete will be marked with a series of commemorative services and events in Rethymno and Chania organised by the local authorities in Crete. The Australian Embassy will be there to pay tribute to the Australian service men and women who helped defend Crete during WWII and to honour the bonds of friendship between Australians and Greeks that were forged in the cauldron of war. While the events will be held in a COVID-wise format and attendees will be required to practice physical distancing, large gatherings still present a risk. We therefore encourage Australians in Greece who wish to mark the Battle of Crete to do so safely.
See the program of events here.

(Australian War Memorial 008172; photographer George Silk)

Photo credit: Australian and other Empire troops evacuated from mainland Greece arrive at Souda Bay, Crete, some with their kits, in April 1941. They were lucky, as most landed without, for kits had to be abandoned or destroyed in many cases. (Australian War Memorial 008172; photographer George Silk)