The government of Cyprus celebrated the 63rd Independence Day, showcasing its military strength in a military parade. Cyprus gained independence from the United Kingdom on 1st October 1960. Cyprus got independence from the UK after the EOKA struggle that went from 1955 to 1959.
It is surprising to know that 1st October is not the actual date of Cypru’s independence; in fact, the agreements for establishing the Republic of Cyprus were enforced on 16th August 1960 but on 11th July 1963, The council of ministers, consisting of seven Cypriots and three Turkish Cypriots, decided to celebrate Independence Day on 1st October of every year as an official day of independence.
The flag of Cyprus waves high up in the sky of Cyprus, as a symbol of freedom and peace ever since 16th August 1960, despite Turkey occupying the northern part of the island since 1974.
Amidst the backdrop of patriotic enthusiasm, officials from various sectors, including the Police, Fire brigade, and the Other departments of Republic of Cyprus services, marched post the platform.
Roberta Metsola was another notable presence at this year’s Independence Day celebrations; he is the president of the European parliament.
The military parade includes many significant events and instruments, such as the introduction of new gear supplied by the National Guard.
It also includes the tactical vest designed to evenly distribute the weight of the fighter’s equipment, the day backpack, a modern ballistic helmet with cover, and an innovative harness system.
The military parade begins with the warriors of 1974, followed by state symbols of Cyprus displayed on the T-80 tank.
On the skies above Nicosia, helicopters like the E/P gazelle and E/P Agusta Westland performed impressive aerial manoeuvres.
The presence of the navy featured onshore exocet arrays and various flying instruments that made multiple passes. Ground-based anti-aircraft systems like BUKM1-2, TOR-M1, the Othello system, and the ATLAS system with MISTRAL missiles were also displayed.
The spectators gave a warm reception to the infantry divisions. Similarly, special forces of EF lochs also garnered special attention, showcasing their state-of-the-art equipment. Reserve commandos added to special forces’ presence, and SEALs made a striking appearance.
The dignitaries of independence included President Nikos Christodoulides, Minister Michalis Giorgallas , and Lieutenant General Georgios Tsitsikostas of the Hellenic Army.
Greece was represented by the Minister of National Defence, Nikos Dendias, and the Chief of HNDGS, Konstantinos Floors.
Roberta Metsola , president of the European parliament,marked the the historic moment as the first EU institution representative at Cyprus Independence Day celebrations.