the Greek Presidential Guard
For young men at least six feet tall, it is a great honor to
become one of the Evzones, the primarily ceremonial Greek
Presidential Guard. They often wear a national costume
seen above, which reflects makeshift uniforms of the Greek
rebels who won independence from the Turkish Ottoman
Empire in 1834. The skirt has 400 folds, one for each year
that Turkey occupied Greece.
Evzones guard important government buildings and
monuments in Athens, the Greek Capital. In addition to
their distinctive uniforms, Evzones perform unique
marching steps that I will not attempt to describe. Please
watch the video to observe what are the most unusual
military movements I have ever seen.
Evzones maintain their dignity at all times.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip to Greece
by clicking on: I Follow Apollo