Many, including the local leadership attended and honored the 300 heroic defenders of the Dolmas sandbank, whom under the command of Captain Grigoris Liakatas gave their blood for their country.
At the event marking the anniversary of the Battle of Dolmas at Aetoliko, laying a wreath of honor were Aetolia-Acarnania MP Konstantinos Barmparousis, regional councilor with “Hellenic Dawn for Western Greece” Christos Rigas, municipal councilor with “Hellenic Dawn for the Sacred City of Messolonghi” Dimitris Makris, and S.C. Missolonghi Local Organization Secretary Valtogiannis Dionysius.
On 2-28-1826 the Turko-Albanians set their cannons in Finikia and from there challenged the defenders of the islet. Simultaneously 2,000 Arabs with small boats without keels approached from the sea. The fierce battle that followed resulted in the Arabs slaughtering the heroes who defended the only supply route that remained to the besieged Messolonghi. Only four were captured alive. As he was dying Captain Grigoris Liakatas shouted: “Leonidas you also had three hundred, come now and let’s share the glory”. Faith to the ideals of our Fatherland held since ancient times, the defenders of the Dolmas battled and fell while trying to hold the strategically important islet. Shortly after the battle of Dolmas, Messolonghi too fell.
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