The unit messages were repeated once again by the President of the Republic, Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who announced the opening of the events in Thermopylae.
"We Greeks need to know that what we have achieved in history is united. Sprucing and sharing was something that cost us a lot of money and even paid with documents from our national authority" Said Mr. Pavlopoulos, hastily to clarify how "For God, I do not want to say that in a real democracy like today, I do not want to say that there has to be unanimity in every decision, I never thought so, and I do not have the right to imply that democratic political forces should show signs of their ideology, of the individual differences they can and must have, it is also known that history is written by the dialectical synthesis of different views on individual subjects ", as he said to add that" we Greeks know that in the great moments of public interest and especially in our national affairs we always and must be united … ".
The president of the republic referred to the messages that are being broadcast around the world by Thermopylae "We are used to talking about the Epic of the Thermopylae for the epic of Leonidas 300. Yes, that was the heart was the core, but here was a battle that laid its seal on the history of mankind and the history of civilization. " as he said.
Speaking of the Greek heritage, he stressed that "we often do not realize what the heritage of our ancestors means.What does this heritage mean not only for us, the Greeks, but also for Europe and all of humanity," said the president of the Republic, speaking on the Thermopylae monument to the statue of Leonidas, while mentioning in particular how they realized its importance Battle of the Thermopylae great people of the spirit in the international community who say how "They have understood well what I want to explain to you today and they have understood it at a very high level". Prokopis Pavlopoulos made a series of references to international status, characteristic of the immense importance that foreign historians have given to the battle of Thermopylae.
"If I am here today, I want to mark a beginning," stressed Prokopis Pavlopoulos, stressing that "this place must be honored forever, not only for what we learn, but also for what inspires us for the future. only as descendants of great ancestors, but we are here to pay our own debt to our people in our nation in our European family in the international community, "he noted.
This was logical, especially with regard to geopolitics and the position of the country "The time has come with what is happening around us, and especially in the Middle East, and we Greeks must realize that Greece has been geopolitically restored to the position of the Axis Wars, that is to say, the extreme border of the West to the East, "he said, emphasizing that our country" might be that country with all the problems of stability and democracy, which once again show that it is the guardian of great principles and values and must remain for man and culture, above all freedom and democracy. & # 39;
Referring to the historical references to the message from Thermopylae and Leonidas & Mole Lavé, he stressed that "Here at Thermopylae Xerxes collected that historical expression that is symbolic not only for us the Greeks, but for all free people throughout the ages.This famous" bullet handle "is the answer of every free man of every free people to every conqueror" as noted by the President of the Republic, where the relationship of the Greeks with liberty is characterized as & # 39; existential & # 39 ;.
Mr. Pavlopoulos refers in particular to the historical elements of the Battle of Thermopylae and the climate under which he evolved and identified the value of unity in the troublesome, and said that "we Greeks are ready to defend freedom, democracy." We are ready to defend institutions, we are ready for a new revival, the sovereignty of the economy on the institutional.
The events, beginning with the 2498 years since the Battle of Thermopylae in the eponymous layers in Fthiotida, began with the President of the Republic, scheduled to last until September 30, while shortly before their official launch in the historic area archery competitions were held in which athletes participated of the force group as well as other athletes with global and European awards.
The president of the Republic gave the medals to the athletes while he was present at the events for the Leonidas monument in Thermopylae and the secretary of the KKE, Mr Dimitris Koutsoumbas, as well as the Minister of Culture and Sport Ms Lydia Koniordou.
Mayor of Lamia, Nikos Stavroyiannis, asked the Patriarchate to host under the auspices of the 2020 events, where 2500 years after the Battle of Thermopylae will be celebrated with grandeur. Finally, former minister Thanassis identified Giannopoulos, who was the man who inspired the events in Thermopylae 8 years ago, in his brief salute, the highly unifying nature of the Battle of Thermopylae at world level.