World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association Visit 30.07.2016

With great pleasure, "The Lemnos' Friends of ANZAC" Association , welcomed and hosted members of the WHIA (World Hellenic Inter -Parliamentary Assoc.), who accepted our proposal to come to border island of Lemnos, birthplace of parliamentarism and history.
Thus was created a delegation under President, MP of New Hampshire (USA) Mr. Thomas Katsiantonis, Secretary Hon John Pandazopoulos (Australia), the Senator Hon.Pana Merchant (Canada), Ms. Efstathia Booras (New Hampshire -USA), the MP of the Swedish Parliament Mr. Sotirios Dellis, and Parliamentarian Mr. Philippe Kitsos ( swiss), who visited Lemnos at 30.31 / 07 and 01/08/2016. Reason of the visit was the project analysis, from the Association "The Lemnos' Friends of ANZAC" that has been going on for two years and performed in Greece and internationally, in order to highlight the role of Lemnos during the WW1 and especially during the 1915 Gallipoli campaign.
Certainly members of the Association fallows in all its size the project, seeking and looking forward to the extensive help of the Greek origin members around the world to take place among other things a series of cultural events. First goal making the October 2018 centennial of the celebration of the Armistice of Mudros ,the end of the WW1, signed in Moudros, in its natural place, Moudros, with all the splendor it deserves as a major world historical happening, and beginning of modern world history. Indeed unveiled commemorative clamping plate of the relationship of the peoples of Greece and Australia, which was erected close to where one of the Australian Hospitals were created in Lemnos in 1915 and was sent to our Association by the descendants of the commander, DR. H.J. Stewart
The MPs visited several of the most important points in Lemnos, like Ancient Poliochni place that the first “Bouleftirion” ( Parliamentary) has been found, in the history of Civilization, the newly built Museum of Maritime Tradition in Moudros, Myrina and others places of cultural, historical and modern productive character.
With the support of the Regional Unit of Lemnos, the Municipality of Lemnos and various local development agencies, such as the Hotel Association of Lemnos, also organized presentations of various projects under development in Lemnos, such as medical tourism, there was a presentation and introduction to the primary and secondary Limnos sector and their products, and various development perspective moves in the Region in general.
In the last workshop on the third day of the visit, the Regional Governor of North Aegean Ms. Christiana Kalogirou after the placements of all parliamentary presented during these impressions gained during their three-day visit to the island, invited them to join in the realization of the ideas which will bring prosperity to our country. Also the Sub Prefect of Lemnos, Mr. Evangelos Giarmadouros invited the Council to make the Ancient Poliochni official headquarters of WHIA as a sign of the absolute relationship of democratic institutions in the island of Lemnos. The President Hon. Thomas Katsiantonis promised to try to hold the next General Assembly of WHIA 2017 in Lemnos, thus bringing the island all parliamentarians of Greek Origin worldwide. Also they promised tof us that will be helpers of promotion effort of the historical importance of Lemnos during World War I, as is the main priority of the Association "The Lemnos' Friends of ANZAC".

World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association Visit 30.07.2016