Athens.- (GreekNewsOnline, ANA-MPA)
French Defense Minister Florence Parly and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin will replace their respective leaders in attending the celebrations on March 24-25 in Athens, commemorating the bicentennial of the beginning of the country’s War of Independence in 1821. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades will also be present at the events, while Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt will represent President Joe Biden.
The celebrations will begin on Wednesday, March 24, with an official dinner in honor of the dignitaries, hosted by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, at the National Gallery. The main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras along with other political leaders have been invited.
Russian Prime Minister Mishustin will arrive in Athens on March 24 and meet Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis before attending the celebrations.
On Thursday, March 25, a military parade will take place at the Syntagma Square, dedicated to the Three Major Powers that fought the Sea Battle of Navarino, England, France and Russia. In the battle the navies of Turkey and Egypt were destroyed and the Ottoman forces left the Peloponnese and Sterea Hellas.
There want be a civil parade and no spectators will be allowed. According to sources, French military jets Rafale and U.S. F-16s are expected to fly over the parade.
Following the parade, Prime Minister Mitsotakis and Cypriot President Anastasiades will fly to Brussels, for the EU Summit.
Mitsotakis visits restored and
renovated National Gallery
The restored and renovated National Gallery visited Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday accompanied by Culture Minister Lina Mendoni.
Mitsotakis toured, among others, the hall with paintings related to the Greek War of Independence and other halls hosting modern Greek artworks.
The Prime Minister referred to “spectacular result” that “reflects the love for a museum that symbolises the history of the modern Greek State”
“We will be here again on Wednesday evening to admire the final result” said Mitsotakis referring to the tour of the official guests for the 200-year anniversary from the Greek Revolution on March 25″.
He also expressed the hope to leave behind the pandemic and to make the official inauguration of the National Gallery, probably in June.
The National Gallery has been totally restored and extended reaching today 20,700 sqm.
IN NEW YORK
The events in New York honoring the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution will begin on Wednesday, March 24, at 1 pm, with the Greek flag raising ceremony at the Bowling Green, in South Manhattan. On Thursday, March 25, at 1:30 pm, Archbishop Elpidophoros will preside over a doxology, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Manhattan, followed by a cultural event attended by 150-200 people, due to the pandemic restrictions. Greetings will be offered by the diplomatic representatives of Greece and Cyprus to the United States, the Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council John Catsimatidis and prominent members of the Greek American Community.
Video messages of Greek American members of Congress and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will be presented.
The cultural program include songs by renown opera artists and the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Choir. There will also be videos presenting the historic significance of the Greek Revolution.
The event will be broadcasted live globally in all the social media of the Archdiocese (www.gorarch.org), in Ert World and in the United States by the Ant1 Sat.