President of Republic Karolos Papoulias on Thursday expressed optimism for the future in statements after hearing Christmas carols and traditional holiday scores played by an armed forces orchestra, the presidential guard, and children from the charity organisation “Hamogelo tou Pediou”.
Additionally, carols were sung by Special Olympics athletes and the Boy Scouts, amongst others.
“We will persevere … Let’s keep hope, because that’s the only way to overcome the difficult things that we will have to face in the coming days. I am optimistic that we will overcome the difficult times. I am optimistic because I am aware of the Greek people’s abilities and fortitude,” he said in reference to the ongoing economic crisis.
Papoulias message towards Greeks abroad
My dear compatriots,
A particularly difficult year is coming to an end and our thoughts these days are turned to our fellow humans who are most in need. The economic crisis is a huge ordeal for Greek society, which has historically proven its fortitude and persistence.
This difficult situation requires all Greeks, not only in the metropolitan center, but also abroad to further strengthen the bonds that unite us.
The Hellenism of the Diaspora is a force for our country, instilling us with optimism, teaching us creativity. Nevertheless, personal stories of Greeks abroad are bright examples of a successful course through hardships and thus, a point of reference for the people of Greece, suffering from insecurity today.
With all these thoughts, I wish you all and every one individually, Many Happy Returns and a Happy 2011, with health, progress and all the best.
President of the Republic