New York.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
The Consulate General of Greece in Boston in cooperation with the Alpha Omega Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the ideals of Hellenism in the United States, will host the 36th Annual Boston Marathon Wreath Ceremony in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House on April 11, 2019 from 6-8pm.
At the ceremony, Stratos Efthymiou, the Consul General of Greece in Boston, will present the Boston Athletic Association with olive branch wreaths to crown the four first place winners of the 2019 Boston Marathon. Since 1984, the Consulate has gifted real Greek olive wreaths, cut from the City of Marathon, Greece, and then gilded in gold, to crown the race winners, transmitting Classical Greece’s tradition to Boston, dubbed the “Athens of America”.
“These wreaths connect Boston and Greece with the Boston Marathon and the ideals of democracy and liberty, “says Consul General Efthymiou.
The Wreath Ceremony will also recognize 12 local student essayists chosen out of nearly 1,000 students from Ashland Middle School, Hopkinton Middle School, Boston Latin Academy, and O’Bryant School of Science & Math in Boston. The students are the winners of an essay contest on the historical significance of the Battle of Marathon. They all took part in the “Boston Marathon Education Initiative” which promotes classical education and civic responsibility through lectures by academics, State House tours and educational visits to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
The evening will also honor WBZ-TV 4 CBS Boston for its 35 years of ongoing dedication to covering the Boston Marathon and its role in our community. Mark Lund, President and GM of WBZ-TV 4 will accept the award, and Paula Ebben, WBZ-TV 4 news anchor, will Emcee the Ceremony.
**** Photo: The olive branch wreaths to crown the four first place winners of the 2019 Boston Marathon