Thessaloniki’s youth came out in full force today to commemorate OXI day. Thousands of students from both public and private schools marched along Tsimiski street in downtown Thessaloniki in memory of OXI day.

OXI day is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on October 28 each year, to commemorate the rejection by Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas (in power from August 4, 1936, until January 29, 1941) of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on October 28, 1940.

Waving flags filled the city as dignitaries and the public looked on. Tomorrow, a great military parade will follow at Megalou Alexandrou Avenue.

Images courtesy of Vassiliki Eleftheriou.