Congresswoman Titus Celebrates Oxi Day

Oct 23, 2013
Floor Statements

October 23, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Greek American Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s First District today spoke on the House floor in celebration of Oxi Day. Below are her remarks: 
“Nearly 73 years ago, as countries across Europe were falling to Hitler’s forces, an emissary from Mussolini arrived in Athens to demand the Greeks surrender and allow Axis forces to occupy the country. 
“In response, the Greeks courageously replied No – Oxi – no.   
“The Axis forces quickly descended on Greece, but they failed to anticipate the courage of the Hellenic people who led a passionate resistance in defense of their freedom and their beloved country. 
“On the island of Crete alone, for example, with only broomsticks and plowshares as weapons, women and children held the Germans at bay for 10 days breaking their assault. 
“The story of this bravery has been largely overlooked in the history books, but the Greek refusal to surrender proved to be one of the most decisive moments in the war. 
“As Winston Churchill said, ‘If there had not been the virtue and courage of the Greeks, we do not know what the outcome of World War II would have been.’
“On October 28, Greeks around the world celebrate Oxi Day to honor the great legacy of the Greek people and to share with the world the story of their bravery. 
“I commend them and say happy Oxi Day.”