Since the start of the 20th century there has been a long tradition of Greek-Australians serving in the nation's Armed Forces. In the 1970s, the Hellenic Sub Branch of the Returned & Services League was founded to promote the contribution of Hellenes to the Australian War Effort. This included during the First World War, the Second World War and Vietnam War.
The date of this service coincides with Oxi Day (sometimes Ohi or Ochi) in Greece. On this day in 1940, the then Greek Prime Minister denied the request to allow Italian troops to cross into Greece to occupy strategic locations. This refusal led to Axis attacks on Greece's borders, and was the beginning of Greece's participation in the Second World War.
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Reviewed 13 October 2021