Everyone is tossing around Winston Churchill’s quotes about heroes fighting like Greeks and waving their Greek flags on Facebook. Although extremely admirable and patriotic— I too feel it— I’m not so concerned about writing this year about what happened in 1940 or sharing a quote that has become a bit overused.
I’m more concerned about the “NO!” that the people of Greece must say, today, to the Neo-Nazis– to the ideological offspring of the Nazis of the 1940s– who today have infiltrated Greek towns and cities like rats, preying off of the poorest and most vulnerable of Greek society.
This year, instead of just sharing a Greek flag and a Churchill quote— let’s also say No! to the Golden Dawn Neo-Nazis who try to undermine the very essence of the freedom that the generation of 1940’s heroes actually fought for.
On October 28, 2013— let’s say NO! to Golden Dawn and make a personal commitment to stare these rodents in the face and tell them that they didn’t belong in Greece of 1940 and they certainly don’t belong in Greece of 2013.
Long live Greece. Long live the freedom fighters of October 28th 1940… and October 28, 2013.
The attached photo says it all for today’s holiday– a young school girl marching proudly with her Greek flag and uniform in a Greek parade. Hellenism, after all, should welcome all who espouse its ideals, its culture, its beliefs and principles… Regardless of race, DNA or ethnicity. (Thanks Antonios Kouris for the pic)