The Hellenic RSL Sub Branch has advised that this year's OHI Day commemorative services will be held on Friday, 28th October 2016. All welcome.
Ohi Day commemorates the rejection by Greece of Mussolini's ultimatum on 28 October 1940. Mussolini had demanded Greece allow Axis forces to enter Greek territory and occupy certain unspecified "strategic locations" or otherwise face war. What followed was the defeat of the resulting Italian invasion as the Greek Army drove the Italian Army back deep into Albania.
The effective defeat of Italy saw Germany launch its invasion against the Greek and Allied forces.
The ill-fated defence of Greece by Greece and her Allies (including Australia's 6th AIF Division) against the German invasion was followed by the heroic Greek resistance until the withdrawal and defeat of German forces in Greece in late 1944. After a fighting retreat against overwhelming odds, Greek and Allied German offensive was successful. Greek.
Details of the days commemorative events are as follows:
- 09.30am – Greek Orthodox Church Service at St Eustathios in 221 Dorcas St South Melbourne
- 12.00 noon – Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Australian Hellenic Memorial (Domain Gardens)
- 1.00pm – Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance
- 1.45pm – Refreshments at our sub-Branch, Memorial Hall, 14A Ferrars Place South Melbourne
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee