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Missolonghi. I’m sure you are having difficulty pronouncing the name of this small town, let alone ever having heard of this place, located in the western part of Greece, and to the rest of the world, no one had any idea that this little place on earth even existed… until 1825. A few years earlier, the Greeks declared their independence from the Ottoman Empire and the Greeks, together with others from the free countries of the world, came to Missolonghi to fight the Turk. Some fought to protect their families and community, others to defend their Greek Orthodox faith, but all, to fight for a free Greece. They were willing to die for all that.
I know. I was there. 
I was at the siege of Missolonghi.
I, too, was ready to die for Greece… and for my Maria.

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