President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou is heading to Thessaloniki to attend three-day events for the celebration of the city’s patron saint Aghios Dimitrios and October 28, 1940 ‘Ohi’ Day commemorative events, starting Thursday.
She will also be attending events marking the 111th anniversary of the city’s liberation from Ottoman rule (October 27, 1912).
At 08:00 am on Thursday, Sakellaropoulou will attend a flag raising ceremony at the White Tower of Thessaloniki, followed by a liturgy at Aghios Dimitrios church at 11:00.
At 13:30, she will sit at a lunch in the Thessaloniki Guard Officers Club. At 18:30 she will attend the ceremonial commemoration of patron saint Aghios Dimitrios, of the 111th anniversary of the city’s liberation, and of the so-called Greek 1940 Saga, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
At 11:00 am on Friday, Sakellaropoulou will attend an officers’ oath-taking ceremony at the Military School of Officers. At 12:40 she will visit the Thessaloniki Municipal Gallery-Casa Bianca where she will be given a tour of the painter ‘Yiannis Gaitis – A Retrospective Exhibition: 100 years since his birth’.
At 10:30 am on Saturday – ‘Ohi Day’ the Greek president will lay a wreath at the Heroes Monument in the 3rd Army Battalion in Thessaloniki, and right afterwards she will attend the military parade, which will wrap up the October 28 commemorative events at Thessaloniki.
On October 28 in 1940 Greece denied (‘Ohi’ – ‘No’ in Greek) Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini’s request to allow Italian troops to cross the border into Greece.