Greek freedom fighters, May 19 is the day of remembrance of the Pontian Greek Genocide (1916-1923). Records kept mainly by priests show a minimum 350,000 Pontian Greeks exterminated by Turkish troops and Kurdish para-militaries. Other sources including foreign missionaries mention 500,000 deaths, most through deportation and forced marches into the Anatolian desert. Greek cities (Pafra, Samsous, Kerasous, and Trapezous) endured massacres and deportations that destroyed their populations.
Markos Botsaris (Greek: Μάρκος Μπότσαρης, c. 1788 – 21 August 1823) was a general and hero of the Greek War of Independence and captain of the Souliotes. Botsaris is among the most revered national heroes in Greece.
Georgios Karaiskakis (Greek: Γεώργιος Καραϊσκάκης) born Georgios Iskos (Greek: Γεώργιος Ίσκος) (January 23, 1780 or January 23, 1782 – April 23, 1827) was a famous Greek tepht, armatolos, military commander, and a hero of the Greek War of Independence. Nickname: The Nun’s Son
Μαργαρίτης Φίλιππος (1810 - 1892) Ο οπλαρχηγός Γκούρας Λάδι σε μουσαμά. Συλλογή Ιδρύματος Ε. Κουτλίδη Margaritis Philippos (1810 - 1892) The Chieftain Gouras Oil on canvas. E. Koutlidis Foundation Collection.