On Thursday, 11 April 2019, the Minister of National Defence Evangelos Apostolakis attended the unveiling ceremony of the bust of the heroically fallen Vice Admiral Anastasios Toulitsis HN in Loukisia Anthidonas, Halkis.
The ceremony was also attended by the Chief of Hellenic National Defence General Staff, General (HAF) Christos Christodoulou, and the Chief of Hellenic Navy General Staff, Vice Admiral Nikolaos Tsounis HN.
Below is the Minister of National Defence's address:
"It is a great honour to be here with you today for this memorial event, the unveiling of the bust of Vice Admiral Anastasios Toulitsis.
It is a very emotional day for all of us who have come here to render due honours and pay our respects to the hero who fell in action, carrying out his mission.
Vice Admiral Anastasios Toulitsis, Vice Admiral Konstantinos Pananas, and Captain Eleftherios Evangelou stayed true to the call of our country. They stayed true to the oaths they took. They showed what it means to serve the country "to the last drop of their blood". Their ultimate sacrifice also constitutes an ultimate message. A message that the Hellenic Armed Forces fulfil their work with high national conscience and self-denial.
Those who were lucky enough to know Tasos, this smiling and worthy young man, knew of his ethos, his high morale, his sense of duty and faith in the mission. Throughout his career he served values and ideals, having a deep love for the country and the Hellenic Navy. He is a model of devotion to duty, steadiness, decisiveness, and self-denial.
Dear family of our brave Officer,
I must tell you that you should be very proud, as we all are, for his course and his contribution to our country.
His loss is a beacon, a sacred legacy for all of us.
I understand that his loss will be felt, no matter how much time passes.
But I assure you that the Greek people and the Hellenic Armed Forces will never forget Tasos and his self-sacrifice, as they never forgot all the other heroes who fell in action.
Your consolation is the love and respect of the Greeks. The love and respect earned by heroic figures of Greek history, who now include Vice Admiral Toulitsis.
The Ministry of National Defence is by your side.
The Armed Forces are your family.
The Armed Forces will always honour the memory of Vice Admiral Toulitsis and his sacrifice will always drive us forward.
This sacrifice, the sacrifice of all who fell in action, enhance our will to protect our national interests and national sovereignty.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
With this small ceremony, we render due honours to an Officer who wrote with his blood his own page in the history of the Hellenic Navy,
the history of the Armed Forces,
the history of Greece.
Our obligation is not just to preserve his memory. Everyone's national and moral obligation is to try, to fight for peace, security, national independence, and a country with a bright future, in order to justify Tasos' sacrifice.
And that's what we do.
May his memory be eternal!