By Pierre Kosmidis
Photos by Leonidas Sboukis, used by permission
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Greece celebrated 200 years since the start of its struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire on Thursday, March 25, 2021.
After almost 400 years under Ottoman Turkish rule, the Greeks launched a revolution in 1821, and with help from countries including Britain, France and Russia, won their independence in 1832.
Thursday’s ceremonies, at a time of renewed tension with Turkey, featured a flypast by Greek, US, British and French aircraft, as well as a military parade including cavalry units and “Evzones” – presidential guards in their ceremonial kilts.