CHICAGO – World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) President Andrew A. Athens on Thursday thanked U.S. President George W. Bush for continuing the tradition of recognising Greek Independence Day by declaring March 25th a National Day of Celebration of Democracy and calling upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
“’On behalf of the Hellenic community in the U.S. and around the world, we thank President Bush for highlighting this day which reminds all Hellenes of heroism and sacrifice and fills them with pride,” Athens said. ”We are anticipating a couple of days of special meeting with the President, especially on April 1, during a ceremony at the White House that will be attended by his Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.”
President Bush stated in his remarks, ”The love of liberty that helped shape our constitution has deep roots in th spirit of Ancient Greece. As we observe Greek Independence Day, we celebrate the timeless democratic principles that all freedom-loving people cherish… In celebrating Greek Independence Day, we are also grateful for the many ways Greek Americans have enriched our communities and strengthening our country.”
On March 25, Athens attended a reception given by the Consul General of Greece in Chicago, Aliki Hatzi.