On Monday, 29 June 2020, the Minister of National Defence Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the celebrations of the 107th anniversary of Kavala liberation and the Apostle Pavlos anniversary, the city’s Patron Saint. The Minister was accompanied by the Secretary General of the Ministry of National Defence Mr. Antonis Oikonomou and the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff General Konstantinos Floros.
After the celebrations, Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos stated the following:
‘We celebrate today, this bright summer day, a double anniversary: On one hand, the great religious celebration of Petros and Pavlos Apostles , being aware of course that Pavlos, the Apostle of Nations, is also a Patron Saint- Protector of our city, because I remind you that here he took his first steps in the European continent, so we honour him as we should. On the other hand, in the context of this remarkable coincidence of great national and religious celebrations in our city, we also celebrate Kavala’s liberation from the Bulgarian occupation, on 26 June, which took place precisely a century and seven years ago. That was a time when Greece was full of momentum, self-confidence, with united and powerful political and military leadership, powerful Armed Forces, and I would say, a universal, widespread national feeling, and it was rushing forward to multiply and greatly increase its territory, its territorial sovereignty and it succeeded in that.
Of great importance is the historical detail that Kavala’s liberation was effected through a Navy’s trick, which was dominant in the Aegean at that time, because it had absolute supremacy and superior firepower regarding assets, but it managed the maximum military outcome, that is Kavala’s liberation, without a single shot, literally without bloodshed. A series of sequential ship movements, both in the day and at night, before the liberation of the city, made the Bulgarian occupation forces believe that there was no hope and for this reason they departed quietly, without bloodshed, without a single shot, and the people of Kavala, amidst wild and widespread celebrations-as it has been written-welcomed the warships parties which entered and liberated the city.
This ability of fabricating the trick, the adjustability to the conditions, the tension and I would say the talent to exploit the field’s advantage in the best possible way, is not only an element of tradition but of the Armed Forces identity as well, and as I say, of the Armed Forces quality through time. We are simply grateful and happy that the Navy fabricated this trick back then, so that the city of Kavala, which has always been Greek, was liberated without bloodshed.
Happy anniversary everyone!
Long live Kavala!
Long live our city’.