Greece National Anthem

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We knew thee of old,


Oh, divinely restored,


By the lights of thine eyes


And the light of thy Sword





From the graves of our slain


Shall thy valour prevail


As we greet thee again-


Hail, Liberty! Hail!





Long time didst thou dwell


Mid the peoples that mourn,


Awaiting some voice


That should bid thee return.





Ah, slow broke that day


And no man dared call,


For the shadow of tyranny


Lay over all:





And we saw thee sad-eyed,


The tears on thy cheeks


While thy raiment was dyed


In the blood of the Greeks.





Yet, behold now thy sons


With impetuous breath


Go forth to the fight


Seeking Freedom or Death.





From the graves of our slain


Shall thy valour prevail


As we greet thee again-


Hail, Liberty! Hail!

Greece Flag

Greece Flag

Flag History The nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the war cry of independence. Eleutheria i Thanatos (Freedom or Death). The blue stands for the pure Greek sky and recalls that God inspired the Greek people to fight for independence in spite of all the odds. The white symbolizes the purity and sacred character of the stuggle for liberation from Turkish tyranny.
Flag Date of Adoption 1832
Flag Symbolism nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white; there is a blue square in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a white cross; the cross symbolizes Greek Orthodoxy, the established religion of the country

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