On Sunday the 7th of April the Cretan Brotherhood hosted the annual Venizelia lunch to commemorate the life of Greek Politician Eleftherios Venizelos.
In the lead up to the event, Venizelos attracted some public attention after a video of the charismatic politician speaking was discovered by the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections and published online!
The event commenced outside by the club’s statue of Venizelos with a blessing from Papa Thanassi from the Brunswick Chruch, Agios Vasilios before wreaths were laid in Venizelos’ honour.
Following the wreath laying ceremony the crowds moved inside where they enjoyed a Cretan lunch, a video displaying highlights from the life of Venizelos and a performance from the Intermediate Dance Group.
The event was well attended, informative and fitting of the great man.
In 1864 Venizelos was born in Mournies, Crete, and would go onto serve Greece as Prime Minister for 15 years over two separate terms. Venizelos also served as Prime Minister for the briefly independent Cretan State.
Venizelos passed away on the 18th of March 1936, leaving behind a political legacy unmatched in Modern Greek history.
By Emmanuel Heretakis (Communications Officer)