Senator Menendez Joins With Millions Of Greek-Americans To Celebrate The 189th Anniversary Of Greek Independence Day

Senator Menendez Joins With Millions Of Greek-Americans To Celebrate The 189th Anniversary Of Greek Independence Day

Washington - Today Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) issued the following statement on the 189th Anniversary of Greek Independence Day:

"On March 21, 1821, Bishop Germanos of Patras boldly raised the Greek flag over the monastery of Agia Labras and declared the independence of the Greek people from the Ottoman Empire. Today, 189 years later, I am proud to join people of Greek descent in New Jersey, the United States and all over the world as they celebrate this holiday. This is more than just a celebration of Greek independence - it is also a celebration of Greece itself. From democracy and philosophy to mathematics and astronomy; from drama and art to history and medicine, Greece has contributed so much to our understandings of civilization and society. These ideas have had a great influence on our nation - from the time of our Founding Fathers to the present day. And the continuing contributions of Greek-Americans to the culture, science, politics, and economics of the United States are indispensible. The Greek-American community in my state of New Jersey and across the United States is an important part of our national fabric. These are tough times for the nation of Greece, and it is more important than ever to stand with people of Greek descent around the world. I'm honored to stand up for the Hellenic community in the United States Senate, and I am proud to call myself a Philhellene. ???? ? ?????a!"


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