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As part of the Oxi Day anniversary celebration, celebrated every October 28, the frigate Nikiforos Fokas, the fast missile patrol boat Ritsos and the submarine Papanikolis will set sail for Piraeus on Friday.

During their stay in the port of Piraeus, the public will have the opportunity to visit them from 09:00 to 19:00.

Children over 12 years old are allowed to enter the submarine.

At the same time, archaeological sites, monuments and museums open their doors to welcome the public with free admission.

As has been the case based on a decision of the Ministry of Culture in recent years, entrance to state-owned museums, as well as archaeological sites, is free for all visitors.

OXI Day, October 28, 1940, commemorates the anniversary when former military general and Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas said “OXI” (NO) to an ultimatum issued by Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini, an ally of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

It is said that at 3 a.m. on October 28, 1940, an ultimatum was delivered to Ioannis Metaxas at his home in Kifissia by the Italian Ambassador to Athens, Emanuele Grazzi. The ultimatum demanded the free passage of the Italian army across the Greek-Albanian border and thus began the occupation of certain strategic areas of Greece.

After reading the letter, Metaxas turned to the Italian ambassador and replied in French (which was the official diplomatic language at the time) with the historic phrase: “Alors, c’est la guerre” ( Well, that means war), taking his stand against Italian demands.

At the time, Metaxas expressed popular Greek sentiment, which was the denial of allegiance. This refusal was transmitted to the Greek press with the word “Oxi” (No). The word “Oxi” was first featured as a headline in the lead article of NP Efstratios’ “Greek Future” newspaper on October 30, 1940. People all over Athens ran through the streets shouting “OXI” !

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