No matter how many times I have stood there with one of the Evzones guarding the Unknown soldier's tomb, I always have to come back! Do you know how brave this Greek military corp is? They are the keepers of the Greek flag. During WW II, an Evzone named Konstantinos Koukidis, was guarding the flag flying proudly on the Acropolis hill facing the Parthenon-Temple of Goddess Athina. When the Nazis demanded from the soldier to remove the Greek flag and replace it with the German swastika, he obeyd, but instead of handing his flag to the Germans, carefully wrapped himself with it and dropped from the hill to his death. The skirt they are wearing is called "Foustanella" which has 400 pleats, each one commemorating the 400 years of slavery under the Ottoman Turks, ending with the revolution of 25 March 1821. So every time I come back to my birth place, I have to pay homage to the bravery of these men. So next time you visit Athens, please stop and visit!
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