WASHINGTON D.C. – President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation for Greek Independence Day during the annual White House Reception for Greek Independence, Thursday, March 22, 2018. The event is now a 31-year-tradition which also honored His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and the Greek American Community.
The President, joined on stage by Archbishop Demetrios, welcomed the hundreds of enthusiastic guests from the Greek American Community. He spoke of the common ideals and values of Greece and the United States and “the profound influence of Greek culture, art, and philosophy.” He argued that the two countries and peoples continue on this path as “We stand together for freedom and justice and democracy today and for all time.” Archbishop Demetrios spoke of the self-evident truths and God-given rights of liberty, freedom and self-determination as described in our American Declaration of Independence and asked the President to “continue to affirm them, all the more in this troubled world.” His Eminence also asked “for special care and attention to the continuous injustices suffered by our Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in matters of full religious freedom,” and requested that the President speaks “on behalf of all of us for a fair and equitable solution to the prolonged and tragic division of Cyprus, and to the issue of an appropriate and historically justifiable name of the state of FYROM.”
Immediately after, the President signed the Presidential Proclamation for Greek Independence Day.
The two-hour program included performances of traditional folk dances by youth dance groups from parishes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. For the President’s full address, visit goarch.org.
WASHINGTON D.C. – President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation for Greek Independence Day during the annual White House Reception for Greek Independence, Thursday, March 24, 2017, which is now a 31-year-tradition and honored His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and the Greek American Community.
Stavros Papagermanos, Press Officer, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America firstname.lastname@example.org
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