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submitted by Gaye Hegeman on 14.07.2010

Road-side memorial, Potamos

Place of Tears

A roadside memorial
near Potamos
along the Agia Pelagia road,
became our destination one sunny
but windy April afternoon.

Known as the “place of tears,”
this 1908 memorial
marks the point of departure
where families from a bygone era
farewelled loved ones,
about to leave the Island.

On the cold, unadorned
concrete seats that mark the site,
we reflect back to the year 1897
when our own grandfather,
at the tender age of fifteen
assembled,
bound for Sydney, Australia.

We try to imagine the tears
that flowed, the warm
embraces exchanged.
Neither he nor his brother,
who followed a few years later,
returned to the Island
nor saw their parents again.

In memory of Theo George Andronicos (1881 – 1948)
Emmanuel George Andronicos (1876 - 1910)

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submitted by Gary Smith on 06.08.2005

Old Potamos Sign

This is my favorite of the two signs I submitted.

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submitted by Gary Smith on 06.08.2005

Round-a-bout in Potamos

Amazing this tree hasn't been knocked down by now!

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submitted by Gary Smith on 06.08.2005

Potamos Road Sign

I like the spider webs at the bottom of the image.

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submitted by Peter Coroneos on 23.12.2003

reverse of statue of General P Coroneos

This is the dedication on the back. It mentions several family names who evidently supported its erection.

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submitted by Peter Coroneos on 23.12.2003

General P Coroneos

This is in the town square in Potamos. The inscription below the statue says (transcribed):
TO STRATIYO P. KORONAIO TA KYTHIRA ANATITHISIN

Does anyone have the history of this man?