It’s mid-afternoon on a Tuesday in springtime. We wait almost-patiently in Plateía Syntágmatos (often called Syntagmatos Square by English speakers, meaning Constitution Square) in central Athens. In front of us is the Vouli Building, once a Royal Palace and today home to the Greek Parliament.
Beneath the main facade of the Parliament Building is the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. It was unveiled in 1932 on March 25th, Greece’s National Independence Day.
As the hour approaches 4 pm, our anticipation grows. Then our guide, Maria, points to where three members of the Greek National Guard (known as Évzones) have appeared in the northeast corner of the square, marching smartly. They wear their traditional uniform of white kilt, leggings and pom-poms on their clogs.
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