New York.- By Catherine Tsounis
Photos: GANP/Dimitrios Panagos
He is a man of courage who does not run away,
but remains at his post and fights against the enemy. Socrates
Greek Americans in New York City joined together to create the most attended Greek Independence Day Parade in History. Support from churches, societies of the Northeastern states showed they are fighting for Greece’s Independence, showing a sign of strength to politicians. e Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York under the leadership of Petros Galatoulas and Board of Directors with the support of the Pan Macedonian Federation, galvanized the momentum created at the March 17th UN Rally opposing the name of FYROM as Macedonia.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios showed strength and a dominant presence at the 197th Greek Independence Day Celebration. His support of “Macedonia is Greek” is his legacy, impressing on politicians the historic role of the Greek Orthodox Church in promoting Greek Independence. The Grand Marshals were New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, and businessman and philanthropist Pantelis Boumbouras. The New York City police (NYPD) had excellent police presence, securing public safety. Television, radio and internet coverage showed “Greece will never die”.
A remembrance of the two captive Greek soldiers in a Turkish jail, and the late aviator Captain Giorgos Baltadoros of the 331 Air Force Squadron who was lost in the Aegean were remembered on the honored guest podium. “Greek Americans have integrated into the American community, encouraging ethnic, charitable and educational projects,” said Demetrios A. Filios, Vice President of the Geros Tou Morea Chapter #1 of the Pan Arcadian Federation of America. Dr. George John Tsioulias, former President of the Hellenic Medical Society of New York, believes the viability and future of the Greek Diaspora heavily relies on the activities if its professional societies.”
Greek flags flying along 5th Avenue showed the “Greeks Overseas” promote their homeland. This message resonated along 5th Avenue on April 22nd NYC Greek Independence Day Parade.