Friday, April 17, 2015

Boston Marathon Wreath Ceremony

Last night I had the honor of partnering with Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Carolyn Dykema, and the Alpha Omega Council to host the annual presentation of wreaths for the Boston Marathon in the Great Hall of the State House. Each year, the marathon wreaths are grown, handcrafted and covered in gold in Greece, where the inspiration for the modern marathon originated in 490 BC. The wreaths are then brought to Boston and given to the Boston Athletic Association and the people of our state by the people of Greece, reflecting the strong bond that continues between us. Ultimately the wreaths are placed on the heads of marathon winners as a crown of victory.  To learn more about the wreath tradition please click here.

The event was well attended with several dignitaries and officials joining us for the presentation including the Consul General of Greece, Mrs. Iphigenia Kanara, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.  Also, next week, on Friday April 24th, I will be hosting the State House’s Annual Greek Independence Day Celebration with many of my colleagues in the Legislature.

The event, which is being held in the Senate’s Chamber starting at 12:30pm and is open to the public, draws hundreds of people from all across New England and Greece.  It is a wonderful event that provides an excellent opportunity for those of Greek heritage to celebrate Greece’s independence and for those interested in Greek history and culture.

Posted below is a photo of me with Consul General Kanara and several presenters during last night’s olive wreath presentation.