Today Saturday 15 August 2020, the Minister of National Defence Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the celebration events in honour of the Dormition of Virgin Mary and the torpedoing of the Greek Cruiser “ELLI” at the island of Tinos.
The Minister attended the Divine Liturgy officiated by his Eminence Metropolitan of Syros, Tinos, Andros, Kea and Milos Mr. Dorotheos and the memorial service at the cenotaph in honour of the fallen of the Greek Cruiser “ELLI” . Then Mr. Panagiotopoulos boarded the Torpedo Boat “TROUPAKIS” and sailed to the sea area where the Greek Cruiser “ELLI” was torpedoed on August 15th 1940, and threw a wreath.
The Minister was accompanied by the HNGS Chief Vice-Admiral Stylianos Petrakis. The events were also attended by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Mr. Ioannis Vroutsis, Members of the Parliament Mrs. Aikaterini Monogiou, Mrs. Theodora Tzakri, and Mr. Phillipos Fortomas, representatives of the Regional and Local Administration etc.
Following the tributes paid, the Minister of National Defence Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos delivered the following statement :
“On this day of honouring the religious celebrations for the Dormition of Virgin Mary I would like to make the following wish: May Virgin Mary protect, guide and shed Her light upon Greece, all the Greeks during dire times and always. May Her Grace cover our country, the Greek seas, our Armed Forces and our Navy which are fighting these days to defend our National Laws.
Greece shall not bow. Greece does not stand alone. She is stronger than what people believe and will respond to all challenges, with her wisdom, temperance and her unshakeable decisiveness, since we know that the law is on our side.
Many happy returns!”