The newest additions to the “Go to Greece Campaign” of the “Greek News”
New York.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
Archbishop Demetrios of America in a message to the “Greek News” offers his personal support to our newspaper’s “Go to Greece” campaign and calls and explains why every Greek American should do so.
Greek News “Go to Greece” campaign entered the fourth week and it was also joined by U.S. Senator for New Jersey, Robert Menendez. In his messages he encourages his fellow New Jerseyans to visit Greece, one of the birthplaces of Civilization and where “an incredibly gracious and hospitable people are ready to welcome Americans with open arms.”
George Alexiou, President of the Greek American Homeowners Association, addressing the final general meeting of the organization, invited everyone to support the Homeland and to travel to Greece this summer. He also encouraged Greek Americans to buy Diaspora Bonds when they will be issued.
“Our ancestors went back to Greece from America and fought 3 wars. What are we going to lose?”
I would like to offer my personal support for the Greek News campaign to promote tourism in Greece. This effort to encourage travel to Greece emphasizes a tremendous opportunity to make special connections with our history, culture, and faith. Certainly, Greece is a place where one can experience the importance of events, places, and ideas that shaped Hellenic life and influenced the world. It is also a place where the power of life, language, and art, and the unsurpassed beauty of landscapes make memorable impressions of the excellence of human achievements and of God’s creation.
Also essential to the experience of Greece is the presence and role of faith. Beautiful cathedrals, ancient chapels, monasteries, and holy sites are throughout this land offering the treasures of Orthodoxy and the depths of spirituality. These are places of holiness and prayer where connections are made with God, and faith is transformed and strengthened.
History, culture and faith which are encountered in Greece also offer connections with a Hellenic identity which has been shaped by struggle, cherishes freedom, and is characterized by a deep love of God, community and family. These are values that are needed in our contemporary world, and a journey to Greece will strengthen them and offer you experiences that will enrich your life and faith for a lifetime.
Archbishop of America”
“Having personally visited Greece, I think that every American will find one of the birthplaces of Civilization to be incredibly fantastic; a place where history meets modernity; where in fact an incredibly gracious and hospitable people are ready to welcome Americans with open arms. If I were a Greek American I would certainly like to go back to the roots of my ancestors and see the great history that I am part of.
I am looking forward to my next travel to Greece and certainly I am looking forward to see many of my fellow New Jerseyans there.”