Officers, NCOs, Soldiers, Seamen, Airmen and Civilian Personnel of the Armed Forces,
Today, we celebrate and honour the anniversary of the National Regeneration, on the day of the great Religious Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos. The situation is different, but the meaning remains the same.
We are called on to derive inspiration and strength from the example of the 1821 heroes, in order to face the critical threats of our time, the hard ordeals of our historic juncture.
So that the future historian can write some day that in March 2020, 199 years since March 1821, the Greeks were united, fought and succeeded, first to ensure that the borders are not violated, against a massive and organised invasion attempt, and then to limit the uncontrolled dispersion of a lethal virus in the interior of the country, which brought the whole world to the end of its endurance.
So, we proceed with a sense of personal liability and solidarity towards our fellow-men; with faith, strength and decisiveness; with our heads high and our flag flying, let us recall those who fought, so that Greece can become a free and independent state and let us be worthy of them, writing our own history.
Women and Men of the Armed Forces,
Everyday, you respond fully and efficiently to the extremely hard conditions that have been shaped, fulfilling your mission in full, ensuring, for the citizens of our Country, not just a sense, but a conviction of safety against any foreign threat.
On the occasion of the anniversary of the 1821 National Regeneration, I would like to express my admiration and thanks to all of you, the military and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces, for your everyday work to fulfill your mission. Especially for those in Evros, on the front line, in the islands and in our hospitals, I would like to assure you that your struggle and your efforts have made all the Greek people proud and they understand that their freedom is secured and non-negotiable.
I invite all of you to carry on, with the same eagerness, strength and devotion, contributing to the Country and society and be aware that the Greek people trust and love you, because the Armed Forces have been, are and they will continue to be the guarantor of our national security.
Let the words of General Theodoros Kolokotronis addressed to the young people on ancient Pnyx be a light beacon for us, so that we fulfill our debt to the Country and to the next generations of the Greek people: “We planted the tree. There is nothing left, but for you to see it is not withered. You must balance and make this place prosperous, the place that we liberated.”
Happy 25th of March!
Long live the Armed Forces!
Long live the Nation!
The Minister of National Defence