The Greek Community of Washington, in a humble and meaningful ceremony, paid tribute to U.S. President James Monore and American Philhellenes for their contribution towards our National Independence struggle, on the occasion of the 190th anniversary of Greek Independence Day.
The event, as the National Herald reports, was organized by the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, in collaboration with the Panarcadian Federation of America and the Greek Embassy at the home of President Monore, the last of the “founding fathers” of the States, which is now hosting the “Washington Arts Club”.
During the event, a presentation of the Greek Foreign Ministry Publication was made. The volume is entitled “The American People’s Support to the Greek War of Independence”, edited by the Head of the Diplomatic and Historical Archives Agency of the Ministry, Foteini Thomai. The foreword has been written by Prime Minister George Papandreou, who had personally presented the volume to Barack Obama, during their meeting at the White House on March 2010.
The ambassador of Greece, Vasileios Kaskarelis, made reference to the major contribution of American Philhellenes. Among others, he mentioned the common ideals of American leaders and President Monore, with the ideals of the inspirational heroes and leaders of the Greek Revolution. These ideals, he stated, have a universal and timeless character.
Keynote speaker at the event, was former U.S. Senator, Paul Sarbanis, who among other things, underlined the common values and friendship ties uniting the people of Greece and the United States, from the very first years of their establishment as free nations, until today.
The concluding speech of Ms. Tomai, included reports in certain cases of American Philhellenes who took action for the support of the 1821 Revolution.
During the event, reference was also made to the initiative by the President of the “Association of American Philhellenes 1810 – 1840”, Panagiotis Nicolopoulos, for the launch of a stamp collection, dedicated to the Americans who struggle and sacrificed themselves for the liberation of Greece. The series is expected to become available on April 19th. In addition, Greek engraver and sculptor, Demetris Talaganis presented the two commemorative plaques he created, themed after the Greek Revolution in Morias, a donation from the Region of Peloponnese and the Municipality of Tripoli to Monroe Foundation.
A greeting speech was addressed at the event by Jess Baily, Director of Southeast European Affairs at the State Department and the former President of the Panarcadian Federation, Demetris Filios, who also conveyed the greetings from SAE Coordinator, U.S.A. Region, Theodore Spyropoulos.
Source: ANA – MPA