Astoria, NY.- The Chian Federation is organizing a series of events for the Centennial of Chios’ Liberation. The celebrations will commence with the “Kanaria” event, and conclude with the presentation of the 33rd Annual Homeric Award.
The “Kanaria” event, which will take place on June 17, 2012, is dedicated to the memory of Admiral Konstantinos Kanaris; the hero of the Greek War of Independence, who through his courage and bravery revived the Greek revolution and restored our island’s dignity. The Metropolitan of Chios, Psara and Oinousses, Markos will officiate the Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. at Saint Demetrios Cathedral (30-11 30th Drive, Astoria, NY), followed by a Reception at 12:15pm in honor of our Metropolitan Markos at the Cultural Center of the Chian Federation (44-01 Broadway, Astoria, NY) to be followed by a cultural event at 1:30 p.m. Free admission.
The Centennial Eleftheria Event will take place on November 11, 2012, with a Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral (319 East 74th Street, New York, NY) officiated by His Eminence Archibishop Demetrios. A Cultural Event celebrating 100 years of Liberation will follow at the Cultural Center of the Chian Federation.
Amongst our cultural programs and events the Chian Federation is organizing “The Centennial National Essay Contest,” where high school, undergraduate and graduate students may participate from anywhere in the United States. The first place prizes will be awarded on November 11, 2012 at the Eleftheria Cultural Event and the winning essays will be published in the commemorative 33rd Homeric Award journal.
On the Centennial Anniversary of the Liberation of Chios, the Chian Federation will publish the book “Chios 1822 — 1912: From Massacre to Liberation” containing newspaper & magazine articles and book chapters dealing with a period of Chian history which has not been well documented in the historical literature of Chios especially in the English language. The Chian Federation undertook the effort to publish this volume within the context of the Chios Liberation Centennial celebrations as a way to preserve and make known parts of the island’s history which until now have been locked away in the dark basements of academic libraries and for all intents and purposes would be considered lost. All proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Chian Geriatric Foundation and the Chian Federation Scholarship Fund.
The Homeric Award was established 35 years ago and is presented annually to distinguished individuals, advocates of human rights, democratic ideals and persons who have excelled in furthering human knowledge. For years, the Homeric Award has been considered as one of the most prestigious awards presented by the Greek-American community. From its humble beginnings in 1977, when the late Congressman Benjamin Rosenthal was honored for his contributions to find a just solution to the Cyprus issue, the Homeric Award has been bestowed on distinguished roster of individuals including the former President of the United States Jimmy Carter, the late President of Greece Constantine Karamanlis, and the late Archbishop Iakovos.