Dear fellow-citizens, Mr President of the International Fair, members of the army, officers, personnel and soldiers, friends, fellow-townsmen and fellow-townswomen, we are moved by and proud of our pavilion’s great distinction.
On behalf of the Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos, I thank you for embracing our pavilion with enthusiasm and for proving once again that the Greek people and the Armed Forces have an unbreakable relation; a relation of profound unity, trust and admiration.
The distinction for the Ministry of National Defence pavilion acquires even greater value, considering that it was able to challenge the pavilions of the largest world-leading companies, which have been supported by enormous planning and presentation staffs. The pavilion’s members proved once again this year that the Hellenic Army always stands at the highest level of knowledge, ability and planning. It is one of the structures of the Hellenic State that help Greece conquer the future with safety and knowledge.
This year’s success lies with all those who have worked towards an outstanding outcome. All those who work every day for the Hellenic Army, our officers and soldiers, who highlight the Hellenic Army, day by day, as one of the most important and responsible defence forces of our planet. Those who prove in practice Aristotle’s maxim, ‘Because war is a school for virtue’.
On behalf of the Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos, I would like to thank the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff and his staff officers, the Chiefs of Staffs and their associates for their work and high morale that instill in all of us every day.
Especially, I owe my thanks to Ms Kalogianni, advisor of the Ministry of National Defence Public Relations and Events office, to Ms Tsatsaroni, in charge of the Ministry of National Defence strategic communication, and to Brigadier General Angelos Choudeloudis, director of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff public relations office, who have been principally responsible for the operation of the Pavilion.
Finally, once again, I would like to thank Messrs. Tzikas and Pozrikidis, directors of the International Fair, and their associates, as well as the Fair’s personnel, for their flawless cooperation every time.
Guided by love of country and enthusiasm for progress, I do hope that we will continue all together to prove that Greece is the guarantor of Peace and Progress in the Southeastern Mediterranean Sea! And that Thessaloniki, the capital of Macedonia, is the new key player in Innovation and Development!