A few weeks ago I paid a long overdue visit to my fathers’ village called Akovos in Arcadia. The village has a very beautiful and rugged mountainous landscape where many battles were fought in ancient and modern times. I arrived on the day of a memorial service that takes place every year at Aghia Paraskevi church (near Akovos village) which over looks the landscape called ‘Drabala’ A very important battle took place at the site called the ‘Battle of Drabala’ ( June 5-7 1825) This is where the fierce battle for Greek independence against the Ottoman Turks unfolded. To commemorate the death of the soldiers wreaths were layed at the statue of Greek independence war hero Theodoros Kolokotronis. Then there was a moment of silence followed by Greek soldiers singing the national anthem.