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ANZAC MEMORIAL PLAQUE UNVEILED IN MOURNIES CHANIA

by Tony | Aug 29, 2019 | News | 0 comments

The Municipality of Chania and the local Council of Mournies in conjunction with the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council today hosted the unveiling of the Mournies Memorial Plaque in the central square.

The B.O.C.G.C.C. would like to thank the Mayor of Chania Mr. Anastasios Vamvoukas, the President of Mournies Council Mr. Fotis Hatzigiannelis for finding the time and the funds to finally place a plaque in the Village of Mournies depicting the memory of gunner James Zampelis, who was the only ANZAC Veteran of Greek descent that died on Cretan soil and has not been located. Thank you to Paul Soug, Eva Gotsis and Jim Claven for the work they did trying to locate the exact location, which is roughly 150 metres South West from the central platia.

The Mournies Memorial Plaque now forms part of the many memorials, sites and plaques that have been placed all over the island highliting important battles, advances, landings and resistance areas making the Battle of Crete one of the most important events in the 2nd World War. The plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of Chania Mr. Anastasios Vamvoukas, the President of the Mournies Council Mr. Hatzigiannelis and the Chairman of the Battle of Crete & Greece Commemorative Council Mr. Tony Tsourdalakis.

A very big thank you to Reverand Father Ioannis Paxivanakis for conducting the service, and other dignitaries for attending including Mr. Nikos Papadakis, President of the Venizelos Foundation, Mr. James Jordan, Chairman of the Battle of Crete Committee in Sydney, Mr. John Nikolakakis, President of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne, Mrs. Eva Gotsis, Vice President of the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and many others.

(This article was copied from – Battle of Crete Commemoriative Council website. Please go to their website for more information and articles.)

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All the gunners killed in this Action at Mournies, including Gunner Zampelis, served with the 2/2nd Field Regiment.

Brallos Pass, Greece Plaque Ceremony 29 Oct 2016

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All Who Gathered

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Official Opening by Robert Lennie

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Wreath Laying – Vice Governor and Military

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wreath Laying – Ambassador Griffin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mel Johnson delivering official speech

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Memorial and Wreaths

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Luncheon Official Table