Hellenic Presidential Guard

The Hellenic Presidential Guard (also known as the Evzones) visited our very own church district in the suburbs of Camden and Picton on Saturday, 28 April 2018. Each day, they raise and lower the flag atop of the rock of the Acropolis and guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The ceremonial military unit guards wear handmade uniforms that include a white kilt (with 400 pleats to represent 400 years under Ottoman occupation) and red leather clogs (which weigh over seven pounds).

An Evzone (Greek: Εύζωνας) is also known, colloquially, as a Tsoliás (Greek: Τσολιάς; pl. , Τσολιάδες, Tsoliádes).The Evzones or Evzonoi (Greek: Εύζωνες, Εύζωνοι, pronounced [evˈzones, evˈzoni]), is the name of the members of the Presidential Guard.

Evzones are known for their distinctive uniform, which evolved from the clothes worn by the klephts who fought the Ottoman occupation of Greece. The most visible item of this uniform is the fustanella, a kilt-like garment. Putting on the uniform requires two soldiers to help each other.

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