The Republic of Cyprus celebrates the 55th anniversary since the declaration of its Independence, with a military parade in Nicosia today.
Participating in today’s parade is National Guard forces and members of the Greek military contingent stationed in Cyprus, the police, the fire brigade, the forestry and the civil defense services. The parade will take place on Iosif Hadjiosif Avenue, Strovolos in Nicosia.
President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades saluted the parade, which began at 11am, as seen in the picture below. The parade was also attended also by Cyprus Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides in the presence of other political, religious and military leadership, including the Greek Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos, representing the Greek government.
Cyprus gained its independence in 1960, after a four-year struggle against British colonial rule.
This day is a bank holiday in the south and as we walked down Ledra Street earlier today the street and all the cafes slog the way were packed with teenagers, enjoying their day off school.