This year’s October 28 parade, in remembrance of General Ioannis Metaxas’ strong reply of ‘oxi’ (no) to Mussolini’s request to allow Italian troops to come into Greece at the beginning of WW II, will include tanks and armored vehicles. We should be reminded that three years ago the tanks and armored vehicles were removed from the parade due to their high cost.
Tanks will be exhibited this year together with a military aircraft, after Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos accepted a proposal by Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (GEETHA) General Michalis Kostarakos for aerial formations.
The tanks and armored vehicles were withdrawn in 2010 when Greece signed the first agreement with its European lenders in order to reduce the military costs. In fact, the cost of the annual national parade was reduced from 3.1 million euros to 350,000 euros. However, there is no information concerning this year’s military parade cost.