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Photographs from the Ceremony (Sept 2003) on the Island of Spetses

Unveiling of statues of Greece's National Heroines Lela Carayannis and her great - grandmother, Laskarina Bouboulina by Greek President Mr. Konstantinos Stephanopoulos


In September 2003 there was a ceremony at the Bouboulina Museum on the Island of Spetses for the unveiling of new statues of Lela Carayannis, national heroine of Greece for her resistance organization during WW II, and her great grandmother, Laskarina Bouboulina, the only lady admiral in history (her ships fought the Turkish during the war of Independence that begun in 1821).

President Stephanopoulos

The following are some of the photos of Greece's President Mr. Constantine Stephanopoulos unveiling of the statues, signing a proclamation acknowledging the blood link between the two Greek National Heroines,and of members of the Carayannis and Bouboulis family. Final preparations for the arrival of Greek President Mr. Constantine Stephanopoulos were made by the local government officials.


Greek Navy Ship honoring the ceremony

Next day, Greece's President Mr. Stephanopoulos arrived on the island for the ceremony. It was a very colorful affair with a Greek Navy warship attending and cannons firing. In his speech President Stephanopoulos commented extensively on the role of the two Greek heroines and their significance in Greece's history . The ceremony was followed by a nice reception at Hotel Poseidonion.


President Stepahanopoulos unveiling the statues of Lela Carayannis and of her great grandmother Laskarina Bouboulina, Greece's national heroines.

The President of Greece Mr. Kanelopoulos signing the Proclamation linking Greece's two National Heroines Lela Carayannis and her great grandmother Laskarina Bouboulina

George and Ionna Carayannis , two of the three surviving children of Lela Carayannis (Ioanna was held with her mother Lela in the concentration camp of Haidari together with Electra, Byron (deceased) and his brother Nelson (also deceased); Older brother George (shown above ) managed to escape, continued the Bouboulina organization activities and fought effectively in the mountains until Greece was liberated.

Lady Admiral Laskarina Bouboulina's flag above statues was raised on her flagship "Agamemnon" on the 13 of March 1821, declaring Greece's Independence.

Dr. George Pararas-Carayannis alone, and with wife Dr. Carol Carayannis

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