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Weekly Photo: Greek Soldier in Athens

by Elena on February 2, 2010

Greek Soldier in Athens GreeceThe men that guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are called the Evzones.  They used to be a part of the Greek army and today they are an elite ceremonial unit.  There are strict requirements, including a height requirement of 1.86 meters, if you want to become a Evzone.  The tomb they guard is located in Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece.  The tomb honors the anonymous Greek soldiers that have died in combat.  Every hour you can watch the change of the guard ceremony and on Sundays the ceremony is much more ornate and elaborate.  The skirt, knee garters, and pom poms may seem contradictory of a soldier to some, but the uniforms are very similar to the Bavarian style worn in the past by fighters in the Greek War of Independence.

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Estrella February 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Wow, I thought the Swiss Guards at the Vatican won the contest for kookiest uniform, but this guy might just win.

Elena February 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm

haha the skirt and pom poms put him over the edge. Estrella long time no talk or see! Seriously, not to sound like an old Spanish lady, but I haven’t seen you since we were both like yay high. How’ve you been?

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