The following extract describes the first OXI Day memorial service held at Kings Park by the Perth Greek community for the 28 October 1940.
GREEK REMEMBRANCE DAY
Observance in Perth.
Members of the Greek ex-Servicemen’s League of WA laid a wreath on the State War Memorial yesterday in honour of Australian and Greek comrades. The occasion was the second anniversary of the invasion of Greece. A parade of Greek veterans of the last war and Greek nationals now serving in the Australian Forces took place. The wreath was placed by the State president of the league (Mr D. G. Joannides), a detachment of St Paul’s boy scouts forming a guard of honour.
At the service at the War Memorial Major H. M. Pullin represented the Commander, WA L of C Area, and Capt A. Symonds led the parade. Others present were Mr E. Needham, MLA. Colonel WO Mansbridge, representing the State executive of the RSL, Mr D. Reed, secretary of the Perth sub-branch, the Rev J. Chauvel, of St Paul’s Church of England, Mr P. Michelides, representing the Greek Community, Mr N. Marich, Consul for Yugoslavia, Mr A. Papadopoulos, late Consul for Greece in Japan, Mrs W. Aston, superintendent of the Winston Churchill Club with a group of the CIS, Mr C. Demetriades, late president of the Greek Community in Shanghai, Mr N. Papastatis, president of the Hellenic Union, and officers of a Greek ship.
At 11:30 am a memorial service was conducted by the Rev C. Mannessis at the Greek Orthodox Church, Parker-street. In the evening the annual reunion of Greek ex-servicemen was held.
Reference: West Australian (Perth, WA: 1879 – 1954), Monday 2 November 1942, page 2
Sourced by: Dr John N Yiannakis OAM