Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Celebrating Greek Independence

In 1821 the people of Greece declared their independence from a brutal and oppressive Ottoman Empire, and courageously fought for freedom with the assistance of many in Massachusetts. Each year ceremonies are held at the State House to commemorate Greek Independence and the many contributions Greek-Americans have made to our state and our nation.

I have been honored to host these ceremonies, which are sponsored by members of the House and Senate, for the past several years. They are always memorable and significant occasions.

This year special guests included Metropolitan Methodios of the Greek Orthodox Church, Consul General of Greece in Boston Constantine Orphanides, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, former Governor Michael Dukakis, and several members of the Greek Parliament.

Some photographs of the Greek Independence celebration are posted below.