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Brigadier General (Ret.) Kyriakos P. Sassaris

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 17th February 2020. Registration No. 0535.

Arms: Per chevron Azure and Sable, a chevron between in chief to dexter two pistols in saltire triggers to centre and sinister an anchor and in base upon a rock a tower Argent masoned, windows and port Sable.

Crest: On waves of the sea Azure a lymphad proper under sail Sable flagged the same the sail charged with two shamshirs in saltire points to chief Argent hilted and pommeled Or.

Motto: Πάντα Πιστός

Assumed: November 23rd, 2019. Hellenic Republic. Hellas (Greece).

Artwork digitally rendered by Philip Alatzoglou.

The Arms of Brigadier General (Ret.) Kyriakos P. Sassaris

The existence of the House of Sassaris has been recorded in Mani since the 17th century. The armiger was born and raised in Mezapos, Mani, Laconia in Peloponnese. A Retired Brigadier General of the Hellenic (Greek) Police, the armiger holds a bachelorís degree in History and Archaeology Science from the Faculty of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, specialized in Archaeology and Art History.

Notable ancestors of the armiger were Nikolaos Sassaris, a pirate and corsair who acted in the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea in the 18th century and became known in Mani Peninsula as "Monomatis" (One-eyed/Monocular) after losing one eye in a battle with the Turks at sea. Theodore Sassaris or Katzos, also a corsair, who on March 23, 1821 invaded with his troops and other compatriots ("Maniats") and liberated Kalamata town in Southern Peloponnese and took part in many battles of the National Liberation Struggle of 1821. The latter, in 1826, fought at Verga, Almyros and Diros battle sites, as brigadier. Thirty years later, at 1856, Lieutenant General Nikolaos Sassaris, Aide-de-camp of King Otto and Queen Amalia of Greece, is also one of the known serving ancestors of the armiger.

The family owns a characteristic Maniat tower in Mezapos, Mani Peninsula and has a military-serving tradition with its roots extending back to the Revolution Era of 1821 to the present day. There is a deep faith in the fatherland, reflected in the motto; the armiger is a member of one of the few families in the  region who

T^he Pennon of Brigadier General (Ret.) Kyriakos P. Sassaris

favoured Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias for the good of their homeland and aside from any individual interest.

The chosen colours are the Black that symbolizes the armiger's ancestor corsair Nikolaos Sassaris and was used because of the characteristic maniat elegy, which is often chanted nowadays, with the particular verse "... black were her sails, black and her paddles ..." and refers to the violent death of Nikolaos Sassaris. Azure for the family's traditional relationship with the sea and White for the pure faith in their homeland.

The White Lambda-shaped Chevron symbolizes the constant military service of the House members and Spartan ancestry bloodline while the Anchor symbolizes the family tradition and its special relationship with the sea. The crosswise Pistols indicate the armigerís ancestorís involvement in the National Liberation Struggle of 1821 and the Maniat Tower is a characteristic of the place of origin. The Rock at the base of the tower is drawn from the geomorphological status of the place of origin and indicates its barren, as well as the pure, plain and wild beauty of the region.

The motto "Always Faithful" (translated in Latin with the well-known motto "Semper Fidelis") symbolizes the whole attitude of the House towards homeland, tradition and family.

The armiger has four sons, all serving as officers of the Hellenic Armed Forces. Peter Sassaris in the Hellenic Army Special Operations Forces, Stavros Sassaris in the Hellenic Navy Special Operations Forces, Theodore Sassaris in the Hellenic Air Force Engineer Corps and Alexander Sassaris in the Hellenic Navy Special Operations Forces too.

 

 

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