The Deputy Minister of National Defence Maria Kollia -Tsaroucha represented the Hellenic Government at the annual memorial service for Emmanouel Pappas, Commander in Chief of the Macedonian Forces during the 1821 Greek War for Independence, on Sunday 02 December 2018.
The Deputy Minister was accompanied by the Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff, Lieutenant General Alkiviadis Stefanis.
Ms Kollia-Tsaroucha went to the Church of Saint Athanasios of the Emmanouel Pappas local community, where a memorial service was held for the 197th anniversary since the death of the Revolution’s Hero. Wreaths were laid and a parade was conducted. At the same time, an endurance race took place, with the participation of citizens and raiders, in memory of Emmanouel Pappas, with the Eleftheria Square in Serres being the starting point while the finish line was at the square of his birthplace. The Deputy Minister awarded medals to the raider and the athlete who finished first.
In the context of her visit, the Deputy Minister met with members of the National Guard from Serres, Kavala and Drama, as well as the Reserve Officers Association in Serres.
Ms Kollia-Tsaroucha stated the following: "We honour the memory of Emmanouel Pappas, a pure hero of the 1821 Greek War for Independence as well as a fiery patriot, who conducted patriotic activities and provided all of his huge personal wealth, in order to contribute to the Revolution’s goals and was thus declared the leader and defender of our Macedonia."