Greeks Celebrate “Oxi Day” in Toronto and Montreal

Canada_Greek_paradeThe Greeks of Montreal commemorated “OXI Day” with a service at the St George Greek Orthodox Church. Panayiotis Salatelis officiated the ceremony. The General Ambassador of Greece in Montreal Thanos Kafopoulos and the honorary consul of Cyprus Michalis Paidousis also attended the celebrations, in addition to representatives of Greek organizations and associations. Canadian politicians, such as Gerry Sklabounos, a liberal member of the National Assembly, Dennis Coddere a prospective mayor of Montreal, and the municipal councilors of Montreal, Helen Fotopoulos and Mary Deros honored the “Oxi Day” with their presence.

Danforth Avenue in Toronto was full of Greeks as it is every year. The parade for the celebration of “Oxi Day” was organized by the Greek Community of Toronto. The weather was very cold but the children of the Greek schools, of the Greek Community of Metropolitan Toronto, the Greek Community of Canada, and the local Greek associations commemorated “Oxi Day” by parading in the streets. The Greek flags were waving in the hands of students and those who attended the parade honoring the Greek heroes of 1940. The parade was attended by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in Ontario Michael Koto, the Federal MP Jim Karigiannis, the city councilor Mary Fragiadaki and the president of the Greek Community of Toronto Antonis Artemakis.