PHOTOS: Wreath laying ceremonies for the Anniversary of the Battle of Crete

Capt. Ryan T. Tewell, commanding officer, Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, participated in two wreath laying ceremonies on behalf of the U.S. Navy for the Anniversary of the Battle of Crete Commemoration events.

The first was held at the Souda Bay Allied War Cemetery, the second at the German War Cemetery in Maleme, Greece.

In addition to the wreath laying ceremonies, Capt. Tewell attended the opening Flag Raising ceremony held at Firka Fortress in Chania and visited the Nautical Museum of Crete on May 20.

Also attending these events were dignitaries from Greece, Germany and the United Kingdom.

This year marked the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Crete that began the morning of 20 May 1941, when Nazi Germany launched an airbourne invasion of Crete under the code-name “Operation Mercury”.

The Allied forces from Britain, New Zealand and Australia were joined by local villagers to resist the invasion. A long hard battle was fought for almost a week, but eventually the Allied forces had no choice but to evacuate.

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