With a patriarchal colleague of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Patriarch of Serbia Irenaeus, and with a memorial service to the Holy See. from Saint Panteleimon in Ampelokipi, Thessaloniki, and then with the deposition of wreaths at the allied military cemeteries "Ziitenlik" in Stavroupoli, the two-day events for the hundred years after the end of the First World War were completed.
In his address to the Cathedral of St. Panteleimon, the ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew referred to the peace and peace of the Macedonian front, to the warriors and warlords, the millions of victims, the dead and the wounded, the seafarers, the hardships, the grip of the treasures, the spread of diseases and all the "usual consequences of the war", as well as the image of "horror" and the "painful consequences", which he described "with a unique glamor", as mentioned by the writer Stratis Myrivilis, but also ps crosses that dominate the graves of the military cemeteries of "Zeitenlik".
"The Holy Cross is always a symbol of hope, light, resurrection and life," said Mr. Bartholomew and continued: "In the forests of the epitaphs of the Zietenlic crosses we meet the thirst of eternity … We express this expectation out by his symbol faith, "said Mr. Bartholomew, and continued:
"Our people, our next of kin, both the peaceful and the violently deceased, and the many believers who have been sent to the great field of Zeetenlik, have not gone away, have not died, are in the hands of the living God, in the expectation of the resurrection of the dead and eternal life. & # 39;
In his speech Patriarch Serbian Irenaeus referred to the victims of the Great War in which the Serbian people paid a very heavy blood tax (one million two hundred thousand victims) and he recalled the solidarity and solidarity of the Orthodox Greek people with the eponymous Serbian people and then, but also in time, in the warfare that continued to this day.
"This kindness, the confidence of the Greek people, the Serbs will never forget", said Mr. Ireneios.
Then the Ecumenical Patriarch and his escort, the Patriarch of Serbia, accompanied by representatives of the authorities and foreign officials, went to the Zétenlic cemeteries where they wore wreaths on the Serbian, Russian, Italian, British, French and Greek fields of cemeteries.
The event was attended by Deputy Minister for Environment and Energy Socrates Femmelos, Deputy Minister of the Interior (Macedonia-Thrace) Katerina Notopoulou, Deputy Foreign Minister Markos Bolaris, Deputy Minister for Defense Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha, Serbian Bosnian Serbian Head Zella Gjivanovic, the deputies I Amanatidis, St. Kalafatis, K. Gouulekas, S. Anastasiadis, I. Saridis, the regional governor of Macedonia Makedonia Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Vice Governor Voula Patoulidou, PEDKM President Lazaros Kyrizoglou, mayors, local representatives bodies, diplomats of foreign states, etc.