Greeks throughout the country celebrated the 152nd anniversary of the war of Independence against Turkish rule on Sunday (23 March).
SV Crowd waving
SV Papadopoulos leaves cathedral.
SV Army and Navy officers.
GV Bands marching followed by troops with flags. (3 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT Papadopoulos taking salute.
SV Armed forces salute.
GV, SV Armed forces pass.
SV Women march past.
CU Papadopoulos PAN to soldier passing.
SV Frogmen and skiers past. (2 shots)
GV Helicopter overhead.
GV Tanks pass. (2 shots)
SV Artillery units pass including rockets. (4 shots)
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Background: Greeks throughout the country celebrated the 152nd anniversary of the war of Independence against Turkish rule on Sunday (23 March).
In Athens, the Regent Premier George Papadopoulos attended a special service in Athens Cathedral with members of his Cabinet.
He then went to the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, where he took the salute at an armed forces parade. Taking part were newly formed heavy artillery units, the latest in weapons, and the country's top armoured units.
Tens of thousands of people watched the parade, which was also attended by members of the diplomatic corps, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officers, and other military attaches.
SYNOPSIS: Athens Cathedral......and a special service to celebrate Greece's 152nd anniversary of the war of independence against Turkish rule on Sunday. Regent Premier George Papadopoulos leaves the cathedral with members of his cabinet on his way to the second part of the day's celebrations.....an armed forces parade. Tens of thousands of people watched the parade through the city's streets.
Standing at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, the Regent Premier took the salute as his forces marched past in strict military discipline.
The anniversary was the sixth since the army took over power in Greece.
Women service members took their place in the parade, along with soldiers, sailors, special units and other sections of the armed forces.
Special underwater units and skiing troops are also part of the Greek forces establishment.
As helicopters flew overhead, the country's armoured units, with their French-built tanks and huge self-propelled guns rumbled past.
A special feature of the parade were the newly formed heavy artillery units and their equipment. With them were examples of the military's missile strength....Honest John and Hawk missiles. The parade was also watched by officers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, members of the diplomatic corps, and military attaches of foreign countries. March the twenty-fifth has been set aside only in the last couple of years as the anniversary of the country's independence.