Heroes fight like Greeks.

@thea09 (18316)
Greece
October 28, 2009 8:24am CST
Each year the 28th of October is celebrated with national parades to mark the most important day of the Greek year, OXI day. It is the day in 1940 when Greece entered WW11 when Prime Minister Metaxas issued a resounding no (OXI)to the fascist Mussolini. Within hours Italy had invaded Greece. Despite Italian soldiers heavily outnumbering Greeks, together with their many more superior weapons, the Greeks fought valiantly and drove the Italians back into Albania where the war between them continued for another six months until Mussolini asked Hitler for support. So Greece took on Germany as well, with English help, but were no match for the might of that army with its sophisticated tanks and weapons. Greece was famous for the having the first allied land victory by driving out the Italians in 1940 and Winston Churchill proclaimed "Greeks fight like heroes....but heroes fight like Greeks." This morning my son marched in the parade to celebrate the day which Greece remembers OXI, an inspirtation to the future generations to be worthy of the legacy of Greeks.
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• United States
28 Oct 09
Hi Thea, I think its great that you take pride in your heritage and that you also instill that same pride in your son. I have always found from my love of mythology and readings that somehow the term Greek and heroes often do go together! What were you thinking when you watched your son march in the parade? I would think if it were me, I would be bursting with pride with how my country men responded to fascism and never backed down. Enjoy the day and thanks for sharing this information about Greek history!
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
Hi lina, well it's not actually my heritage, just my adopted one, but certainly my son is thought of as Greek and thinks of himself as Greek, and has no problems at all marching with the Greeks, and he did look very handsome and smart. The first time I saw the parade it was precedeed by long emotional Greek poems recited in the village square with the famous Patrick Leigh Fermor given pride of place and a chair. I felt then how much pride the Greeks had in their past. Of course we all know that Greece had to surrender in the end to the might of Germany and actually lost the highers percentage of its population in the war than any other Eurpean country. Only to be followed by the dark years of civil war. But before they surrendered they certainly made a stand which delayed Hitler in his plans on the Russian front.
• United States
28 Oct 09
Oops, sorry about that Thea, I did mean to say adopted heritage, I remembered after my posting that you had written in another discussion about speaking English only that you mentioned that Greek was not your native language.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
No problem at all lina.
@dawnald (84069)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Oct 09
Hooray for the Greeks!
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
Bravo Ellatha. Enough was just enough after the Turks.
@wmraul (2554)
• Bucharest, Romania
28 Oct 09
Banzai for greeks heroes. Anyway .. are you sure the name was Metaxas ? I mean, do this prime minister name inspired the fine brandy is outthere, Metaxa ?
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
Hi wmraul, of course his name was Metaxas, the brany is Metaxa 3, 5. or 7 star. Surely you are not implying that the almost dictatorial General turned Prime minster took the name of a brandy. Do you get Metaxa then in Romania?
@wmraul (2554)
• Bucharest, Romania
28 Oct 09
Well, I was thinking they named the brandy after him ... Yes,there is plenty of MEtaxa 3/5/7 stars here and was a time I have "taste it" succesfully ..
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
I presume the brandy goes back further than the 1940's but don't actually know. Maybe his family invented it. If you've tried the metaxa with success have you ever come across the foul Tsipero? It can knock a grown man out cold.
@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Oct 09
hi thea that is one of the reasons why I love mylot so ,I learn something just about every day I mylot. I should have remembered some of these facts as I was 17 when the world War 2 was in full swing. In my graduating class were only 2 boys left, the others had already left for the service. That was nice that your son marched in the parade to celebrate Greece's legacy. I have again learned something. I think back when I was 17 I was so horrified to think all my classmates were going into war to maybe be killed and did not really pick up on the important facts concerning the different countries involved in World war two. You must be justly proud of your country, specially today.
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
Hi Hatley, it's hard to think that literally schoolboys were sent off to fight isn't it. Greece certainly had a difficult time of it in the 1940's, invaded by Italy and then fighting against them and Albanians in Albania, before being defeated by Germany. They were massively outnumbered and totally unprepared for war. The German occupation was a terrible thing to live under and the Greek Jewish population, mainly based in Thesalonika, were almost obliterated in the camps. Then of course famine and civil war. I just wanted to post something about this day of National pride and how seriously it is remembered.
@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
29 Oct 09
Hi Thea...this is good knowledge for me too, apart from your son. I always like history lessons, so to be able to learn through the lot like this is just awesome..
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
29 Oct 09
Hi Zed, I'm glad I spread the word around then. I'm full of bundles of history you know made a few discsussions about them too soon, when I didn't really know my way round here. Maybe I'll try a jelly and revive a few of the ideas without repeating them. We still have national service you know as well.
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
30 Oct 09
Really? So your son, at which age does he have to go then..? That's the same here.. Keep up with the history lessons, I'd love reading them, for sure..
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Oct 09
It's 18 over here but they can defer it until after university if they want. So you did national service then? Tell all. I find it really makes the young men here much more mature though goodness knows how they all managed without mamas cooking. And if you like the history I will post more even if you are the only one who reads them.
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@malpoa (1218)
• India
29 Oct 09
Wow you guys celebrate that on our wedding annivesary hi hi..hmm so was it a public holiday yesterday? only school children paraded? your king might have given some speech on the day like our prime minister and president give very long speeches after the longest parade in independance day and republic day?
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
29 Oct 09
Hi malpoa, congratualtions on your anniversary. Firstly let me say we do not have a king, nor do we want want again. It's not only the school children who parade it's the military too, but in the large cities. I'd rather see the parade locally than watch a few dignataires attending one on the TV.
@malpoa (1218)
• India
30 Oct 09
Thank you thea. I am wrong. It is not king, but you do have a prince there, right? I saw him on Tv. He was attending a wedding here. He is young and charming. I m sorry, I cant recollect his name. While he ws talking to reporters, the title told, prince only...
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Oct 09
Hi Malpoa, no royals at all. Maybe some pretensious ex royal family member is dragging out a title unacknowledged by the Greeks.
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
29 Oct 09
it is always good to express that you relate to your country. patriotism is a must so that we respect and protect our hard earned democracies. i think that every war gives rise to heroes worthy of mention for generations to come. here also we have a Gurkha regiment which is famous for its valor and bravery. so much so that the Britishers took back a regiment with them when they left India. and even today the British army has a Gurkha regiment. every hero is worthy of appreciation and respect...
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
29 Oct 09
Hi sunny, I'd temper that down to moderate patriotism rather than blind acceptance. It's no fun at all if we can't poke fun at the leaders. The gurkhas are famous indeed but maybe its time that India asked for them back from the British.
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
30 Oct 09
internal matters are different. of-course we can poke fun at our leaders, but its the external threat that we must be united against. we do have a Gurkha regiment in India also..so the Britishers can keep their version of the regiment. i guess we started globalization quite early...
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
31 Oct 09
If the external threat is real and not fabricated to make a president get higher ratings and manipulate the populace.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I know hugo made you proud. Sons are so special.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
He did Aunty, and he even pretended not to see me waving from the sidelines, very professional.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
29 Oct 09
That brought a smile to my face. don't think hugo is probably quite old enough but they go through a phase where mom is just a neccessary evil, lol. my youngest use to have me drop him off a way when i would take him to the show etc. he didn't want his peers to see his mom bringing him. I don't know how he thought they had gotten there, lol.
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Oct 09
I've actually been waiting for that phase for quite a while now Aunty as I know it will happen sometime even though he assures me he'll still kiss and cuddle mama when he is 40. He will still come up and give me a kiss in public, but not I think if his friends are around. It was all business though with eyes straight ahead in the parade, as it should have been.
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
28 Oct 09
Hello, Thea. This is something new to me, and how marvellous that it's still celebrated. Too many people seem to want to forget about their part in the war, or apologise for it. It's nice to see a nation being proud of their contribution, and it's certainly an achievement, for such a small country. It's also nice that your son took part in the parade, as enjoying yourself is a great way to learn about history and culture.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
Hi Sandra,well the history and culture is drummed into them endlessly which is why a survey showed that Greek teenagers were the proudest of their nation in the world, that may be out of date now as I discovered that whilst back in the UK. I think the whole thing with OXI day goes beyond just entering the war and defying Musolinna, but a way of throwing off the mantle of the Turkish occupation once and for all as well. That's a nice point you made though which I hadn't considered, Greece really has nothing to apologise for regarding the war.
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• Spain
29 Oct 09
Hello again, Thea. It's the same here in Spain - children are taught to be proud of their history and culture here. As in Greece, a lot of the teaching involves fiestas, parade and generally having a good celebration, which is a lovely way to learn. The problem in England is that we seem to be ashamed of our heritage, probably because the Guardianistas feel uncomfortable when they remember slavery and the Empire. Well, slavery is nothing to be proud of, but we weren't alone in that, and it can't be changed now. As for the Empire, it was what made Britain great. I don't think it's even mediocre now, and the only people who seem to celebrate their roots and culture are immigrants and minority groups. This year, the biggest St George's Day celebration was held here, on the Costa Blanca.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Yes, Thea, that's great, Greece has nothing to apologize for. It was all in remembrance of the bravery of the then Prime Minister Loannis Metaxas and his army to defy the powerful Mussolini's request and flatly say NO and not allow the Italians to enter Greece and although outnumbered were never outfought. It was remarkable in your history how your people were able to drive the Italians to Albania while at the same time had to contend with the Turks. I know very little of European history but this is a period in world history which is known to many. I wish I can witness the streets of Athens and Tessaloniki at this momentous event.
@vandana7 (72956)
• India
29 Oct 09
Hi thea, that is a lot of information. U know, I love reading information given like this. U and jonjee will make me a very knowledgeable person indeed. :) BTW, I dont know if I fought like a hero or not, but I got best response for that argument! Guess I terrified the boy enough for him to come up with a peace flag. lol. But it did surprise me - the BR. :)
@vandana7 (72956)
• India
29 Oct 09
And happy OXI day for u and ur family. Here is a smilie for ur son.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
29 Oct 09
Hi vandana, I'm glad you enjoyed the information. I didn't get round to seeing the euthanasia discussion but I did see on my home page that you got the best response,so well done, and it's good to see that the opposing view does get them. Now don't go around terrifying young boys too much
@SomeCowgirl (32255)
• United States
4 Nov 09
It is always great to be patriotic, and proud of the history of your home country. I am patritiotic for America, though I don't always agree with the politics here.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
9 Nov 09
Hi Amber, sorry I missed you coming in at the end here. I was just in closing it down. Have a good day with mr Hellcowboy.
@zandi458 (27948)
• Malaysia
29 Oct 09
wow..you are well informed of the history of your country. I think not many people read history of their country and that includes me. I only know a little about the 2nd world war that my late grandma used to narrate to us their sufferings in the hands of the Japanese armies and during the British occupation. Our country was under British occupation for many years. Unlike your country where the Greeks are declared heroes for saving their own country from the enemies, our own people are no heroes. They hid under the tunnels when their country was being invaded by foreign troops. Your son has very good reason to participate in the parade. This is one way of instilling patriotism to the young ones so they will grow up to be proud of their country.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
29 Oct 09
Hi zandi, I'm more interested in the history of other countries from the 1930's on than the ancient history, and I do read round a lot about the changes which occured in the 40's triggered by war. There are also many fascinating books which show history from an autobiographical perspective from countries which were more or less sealed off for many years, such as China and Iran. These often give a more accurate picture than a history text. I think with Greece that hardly anyting is known outide the country about the civil war which took place immediately after WW11 and it is hard to find much about it, but it is a fascinating time. As for Malaysian history my knowledge is little more than the Japanese occupation and the camps established there for the prisoners of war, but I've read widely about those though little is mentioned about the local population. It seemed to be mainly Chinese vendors selling goods on where they could to the prisoners. Schools here put huge emphasis on the history of Greece right through from ancient times and even at kindergarten level the history of OXI day is taught.
@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
29 Oct 09
Hi thea. Now it's clear to me what we had talked about in my holidays discussion. We really have a lot to thank mylot, just like the history of our places. I know you're not original from that place and so do I. But aside from getting used to the people in our migrated places, we came to know their history and we share what we learned to others. Happy OXI Day to you there.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
29 Oct 09
Hi neil, it's good to be able to pass on information like this and show that other countries have things to little known to those outside of the culture. I know that the Greek communities who live abroad, mainly in Australia and the US, still take the time out to remember OXI day there.
@T1Ajai (9)
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
wow its a nice knowledge that i got from you. I really like Greeks they are the representation of bravery. Thank you for posting this fact. Hope so many more post like this.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
Thank you TIAjai, although much is known about ancient Greece and its mythology and wars, little is known I believe outside the country, about the more modern day events. For such a small country it does indeed represent bravery.
@jellymonty (2354)
28 Oct 09
Sounds like the time when Archilles went down to Troy with 50,000 Greeks and waged war on the Trojans... bravo to the Greeks
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
They are certainly a tough breed Jelly, and non more so than the Maniots around here.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
28 Oct 09
Another new thing learned today :) Kudos to your son. It's good to pass on history generation to generation and to inspire each new one as it comes along! Enjoy the day of celebration, Thea. Karen
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
Hi Karen, the day really finishes with the parade as its more of a memorial really. We were lucky the sun was out and it was hot but straight after the torrential rain started. Still my son looked great and has had a half day holiday, and the avatar gave me two lobsters so a pretty good day.