Monday, April 11, 2011

Celebrating Greece's Independence

On Friday, April 8th, people of Greek descent came to the State House to celebrate Greece's independence from the Ottoman Empire (now modern day Turkey) in 1821. This year's annual celebration included several state legislators, Greek dignitaries and officials, and guests from all across the Commonwealth.

The ceremony was very moving and humbling and I was honored to once again serve as a host and the Master of Ceremonies for this event that featured singing from the Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Choir, a prayer from His Eminence Metropolitan Methodis, a keynote speech delivered by new Greek Consul General Ilias Fotopoulos, and a reading by this year's essay winner, 6th Grader Christopher James Nacopoulos who wrote about the struggles that the Greek people endured to secure a free nation.

To view pictures from this year's event please click the read more section below.