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Oxi Day in Athens

Today is Oxi Day in Athens.  It’s a national holiday in Greece that celebrates the Greek Dictator Ioannis Metaxas’ refusal to allow Axis troops to enter the country and occupy strategic points in the country in 1940.  The story goes, that when asked by the Italian ambassador to open the borders to Axis troops, Metaxas responded by telegram “Oxi” or “No”.  It marks the beginning of Greek involvement in World War II. 

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Flags from the roof of the American School of Classical Studies Library. 
Loring Hall, where I live, is the background

October 26th is The Feast of St. Demetrios which has strong, patriotic connections as well.  The Greek army entered the city of Thessaloniki on on the Feast of St. Dimitrios in 1912 (during the First Balkan War). 

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The Church of St. Demetrios in Thessaloniki

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