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Greek presidential guard to parade in Anzac Round pre-match at Adelaide Oval

Matthew Agius  April 21, 2017 9:56 AM

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GREECE'S presidential guard will attend Friday night's Port Adelaide-Carlton game as part of their first visit to South Australia.

The Evzones are the elite ceremonial guards of the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

They will join Port and Carlton players and representatives of the Australian Defence Forces on field for the traditional pre-match ceremony as part of Friday night's opening Anzac Round game.

It's a coup for Port Adelaide, which has a long association with the defence forces, both through the service of past players, and its work with the ADF through its community programs.

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Among other pre-game events on Friday night will be the traditional ADF v Australian Combined Emergency Services curtain-raiser, a unique on-ground flag ceremony, and the traditional Ode of Remembrance and Minute's Silence.

Thelma Kelton will also present the Peter Badcoe VC Medal to the player who best displays the Anzac Spirit in Friday game.

The medal was struck in memory of her brother, who died in combat in Vietnam and is South Australia's most recent recipient of the nation's highest military honour.

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