(WWLP) – Communities in western Massachusetts celebrated a milestone Greek Independence Day marking 200 years since the start of their revolution against the Ottoman Empire.
Mayor Domenic Sarno was joined by representatives from the St. George Cathedral and the Greek Cultural Center to raise the Greek Flag at City Hall.
“So let us all remember and emulate the strength of those that fought the good fight from their oppressors, and proclaimed freedom or death,” said Father Dionysios Koulianos.
Mayor Sarno states, “I am proud to stand with our Greek residents as we celebrate the flag raising ceremony honoring the Bicentennial of Greek Independence on Thursday, March 25, 2021. This year marks 200 years of freedom of the Greek Nation. I want to thank Father Dionysios Koulianos, Dean of St. George Cathedral, Liza Pappas the Bicentennial Greek Independence Flag raising coordinator, and everyone from the Greek Cultural Center and St. George Cathedral for their continued strength, belief and investment in our City. Our beloved Springfield is richer because of our residents representing the Greek faith, culture and heritage.”
At Holyoke City Hall on Dwight Street, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church also held its own flag raising at 11:30 a.m. along with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.