Agios Dimitrios was the son of a wealthy military commander of Thessaloniki and received a good education as a child. He also joined the army and became an officer. When he was young, he decided to secretly become baptised as a Christian, something forbidden in those years, when gods were still worshiped.
Dimitrios refused to do so and revealed his faith. He was asked to change his religious beliefs but refused once again and expressed his disgust for idolatry. Therefore, he was sent to prison, was tortured and died for God. Before he died, he donated all his wealth to the poor. His bravery and sacrifice made him an Orthodox Saint.
Agios Dimitrios became the Patron Saint of the city of Thessaloniki in 1912, during the First Balkan War, when the Greek army entered the city of Thessaloniki on his name day (October 26th) and delivered the city from the Turks.
Today, his memory is celebrated every year, along with the deliberation of the city.
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