Athens.- On the 11th of January 2009 in the Ballroom of Grande Bretagne, in Athens, the annual cut of Vasilopita of the Athens Andros Society took place. The Andros Society is one of the eldest societies in Greece, established in 1956. At the particular venue, the State Senator of Rhode Island Leonidas Raptakis was honored for his extremely hard work and all his efforts he had already implemented to secure the last remaining Liberty ship for donation to Greece in order to be used as a museum. As it widely known Mr. Leonidas Raptakis comes from the island of Andros and he was honored together with the shipowner Mr. Spyros Polemis, who had at first the idea for the ship to return back to Greece.
The whole evening was very pleasant with a considerable number of distinguished people attending the event such as the shipowners Mr. N. Papadakis, Mr. M. Kokkinis, Mr. E. Logothetis, Mr. Karastamatis, Mr. M. Kourtesis, the President of the Merchant Marine Museum of Greece Mrs A. Paloubi, the President of the Hellenic-American Society Mr. Chris Spyrou, Prof. Thalassinos from the University of Piraeus, members of the Greek Parliament, the General Secretary of the Ministry of Merchant Marine Mr. Joannos, representative of the Andros Society of New York Mr. Papatheofanis, the Journalists Mr. Prokos from ERT, Mr. Noe Parlavantzas from ERT, Borders without frontiers, Mr. Demetrios Filios of the Greek American Educational public information system, Mrs Thanasoula from ERT ODYSSEIA with Mr. Malaspinas. Neo magazine was also there and was represented by Mr. Constantinos Rhompotis.
At the same day in the morning the LIBERTY SHIP HELLAS had already arrived in Greece in the port of Piraeus. The official event will take place on the 19th of February in the Ministry of Merchant Marine. During his speech Senator Leonidas Raptakis was very satisfied that he has finally succeeded in all his attempts to enable the ship return back although the difficulties were a lot and he had to give several struggles in many fields. The dream of Mr. Leonidas Raptakis is to use the ship as a floating museum in order to ensure that our heritage and our history will pass on from one generation to another. Our mission has been now completed. Now the Greek Government has to follow up a particular plan and save money in order to convert the ship into a museum throughout the time.