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Posted on: March 25, 2020

March 25 designated as Greek Independance Day

PROCLAMATION from Fred Camillo, First Selectman 

WHEREAS, Nearly two centuries ago, on March 25, 1821 Bishop Germanos of Patras in Greece raised the flag of revolution over the Monastery of Agia Lavra in the Peloponnese and the people of Greece laid claim to their independence and began a long struggle to restore democracy to its birthplace; and

WHEREAS, Many leading intellectuals of the time, including the English poet Lord Byram, sympathized with the Greek struggle against the Ottoman Empire; and

WHEREAS, Great Britain, France and Russia assisted the Greek people in their revolution; and

WHEREAS, The Greek revolution ended in 1829 when the Treaty of Edirne established an independent Greek state; and

WHEREAS, Greeks have been present in the United States since the arrival of the first immigrant in 1528; and

WHEREAS, The Greece inspired the democratic principles upon which the United States was founded; and

WHEREAS, Greek culture and Greek antiquity has inspired generations of individuals in their work and in the discovery of new ideas, including those in the arts, sciences and in government; and

 WHEREAS, Greek-Americans have contributed as leaders of culture, community, business and government in Greenwich, the State of Connecticut and throughout the United States.

hereby proclaim March 25, 2020 as
Greek Independence Day

in the Town of Greenwich and encourage all residents to recognize the contributions of Greek
Americans to our Town, our State and our Country.

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