Kalamata 2023 – 82nd anniversary of the 1941 Greek Campaign

This year the service of Commemoration was held on Tuesday 16th May.  The weather, however, was not on our side. It rained very heavily. Unfortunately, due to the bad weather, our special guest, Mr Nikos Chardalias, the Deputy Minister of National Defence, was unable to make the journey from Athens to join us for the service

The Mayor, Mr Athanasios Vasilopoulos welcomed everyone and gave the opening speech. This was followed by an address by Captain Alex Bush, the Defence Attaché of the UK.

Janet Parkin then gave a short speech, reiterating that the Greek Campaign must not be forgotten, and thanking the City of Kalamata for continuing to be so supportive and for organizing “this important Annual Act of Remembrance”.

After this, Mrs Eleni Volonaki, Professor of Ancient Philology, University of the Peloponnese, gave a very interesting talk about the 1941 Greek Campaign. Barry Parkin gave the oration.

Laurel wreaths were laid by the Mayor and other Greek dignitaries. Poppy tributes were laid by Captain Alex Bush and by the following Brotherhood representatives:  David Sanderson in Remembrance of the Prisoners of War;  Mrs Margaret Stanbridge on behalf of the Widows; Doug (Buster) Beckett, in Memory of Deceased Members;  Paul Hadwin on behalf of the Brotherhood of Veterans of the 1941 Greek Campaign and Mrs Di Billinge on behalf of the British Residents of Kalamata.

At the end of the service the town band played the national anthems. Then, the rain having stopped, we adjourned for refreshments in the Railway Park generously hosted as usual by the Kalamata City Council.

Many thanks to Astri Mavrea, Press and PR Officer at Kalamata City Hall for all her help and support.

Kalamata 2023 – 82nd Anniversary of the 1941 Greek Campaign

The date for this year’s memorial service has been arranged for Tuesday 16th May 2023. This is a week later than previous years due to the Coronation events which are taking place  in the UK in early May. The ceremony will be held at the WW2 memorial located at the entrance to the Municipal Railway Park in Kalamata.

Should you wish to join us, please email greekveterans@gmail.com if you would like further details about the service.

For information, several airlines fly direct to Kalamata from the UK: Jet2 from Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester; Easyjet from Gatwick. Also Thomas Cook and Jet2 offer package holidays to Kalamata.


Kalamata and UK Reunion 2023 – 82nd anniversary of the 1941 Greek Campaign

Kalamata We currently do not have a date for the anniversary service to be held in Kalamata next year, but it will be sometime in May.  If you would like to join us, please email greekveterans@gmail.com so we can let you have the date when this has been agreed.

Lichfield The UK Reunion will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum on Saturday 9th September 2023. Further details to follow in due course.