Washington, D.C. – US President George W. Bush on Thursday issued a traditional presidential proclamation honoring Greek Independence Day on March 25, while a special ceremony for the occasion will be held on Monday at the White House in the presence of visiting Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis and Archbishop of America Demetrios, among others.
The US president’s proclamation reads:
“Well before modern Greece gained her independence, the ancient Athenians adopted democratic principles that guided their society. These principles inspired our Founding Fathers to proclaim the imperative of self-government as they worked to build our great Nation. America’s love for liberty has deep roots in the spirit of Greece. On Greek Independence Day, we celebrate our special ties of friendship, history, and shared values with Greece.
Our country has welcomed generations of Greek immigrants, and we are grateful for their talents, wisdom, and creativity. We honor the Greek spirit that values family and education, public service and faith. Greek Americans have made a mark in every field — enhancing our culture, enriching our commerce, and defending our freedom. Their strong record of public service has also strengthened our democracy, and their contributions have made America a better place.
As we address the challenges of the 21st century, the United States and Greece remain committed partners in the vital work of advancing freedom and democracy. Our two Nations are founded on shared ideals of liberty, and we are working together to advance those ideals across the world today.
Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 25, 2005, as Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
AHEPA’s Supreme President Frank Manios welcomed Bush’s declaration.
“We thank President Bush for commemorating the importance of Greek Independence Day and for acknowledging the shared democratic heritage and principles of the United States and Greece,” Manios said. “I look forward to being in Washington on Monday.”