The historical banner of Agia Lavra from the 1821 Greek revolution will be transported in Chicago to be presented on March 26th at a Greek Independence Day celebration organized by the Society Kalavrytinon “Agia Lavra” in Chicago.
The event is organized on the occasion of the 190th anniversary of March 25th and to celebrate the 85 years of the historical association.
The sacred banner of the Greek revolution will be transported to the U.S. by the Mayor of Kalavryta, George A. Lazouras, accompanied by MP of Ahaia Region George Spiliotopoulos.
The event will be attended by Chicago Governor, Pat Quinn, Secretary of the State of Illinois, Jesse White and Treasurer of Illinois, Judy Baar Topinka, Addison Illinois Mayor, Larry Hartwig, Commissioner for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Mariyanna Spyropoulos, many philhellenes and prominent figures of the American and Hellenic American Community.
The initiative for the transportation of the historical banner, belongs to the President of the Society, Ioannis Birbas and the President of the Organizational Committee, Demetris Mitropoulos, an effort supported by Theodore Spyropoulos, SAE USA Region Coordinator, originating from Kalavryta Region.
Mr. Spyropoulos in his statements to ANA – MPA, stated that everyone is particularly moved “as this is one of the major events of Hellenism in the area, within the framework of our national rebirth celebrations”, adding that “the sacred banner of the 1821 Revolution and a global symbol of liberty, is travelling abroad for the first time. I would like to congratulate the organizers and thank the mayor of Kalavryta for his collaboration, which will contribute towards raising the awareness of many philhellenes in the U.S.. We hope that next time we will be given the opportunity to transfer the sacred banner in other areas of the United States.”
The aim of Society Kalavrytinon “Agia Lavra” is the preservation and promotion of the Greek cultural and historical heritage. Since its establishment the Association is increasingly involved in charitable activities and supports Greek education with the provision of scholarships to students originating from Kalavryta Region.
Source: ANA – MPA