On Sunday, 06 January 2019, the Deputy Minister of National Defence Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha represented the Hellenic Government at the Epiphany celebrations at the Metropolitan Church of Aghios Georgios of Neapoli, Thessaloniki, officiated by His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Neapoli and Stavroupoli Varnavas.
The Deputy Minister was accompanied by the Commanding General of C Army Corps/NRDC-GR, Lieutenant General Dimitrios Bikos.
The Deputy Minister made the following statement: "The Blessing of the Waters brings spiritual cleansing, as well as the deeply spiritual and relevant message of Orthodoxy that the greatest powers and values of man will always be Truth and Moral Integrity. These are the strongest and soundest foundations for a life of true happiness, strength, and dignity. Let us Greeks welcome this message and let the light of Truth into our lives to light the path of Unity, Love, and Mutual Respect".