Last night, the National Hellenic Society, along with the Washington OXI Day Foundation, hosted a reception in honor of Greek Independence Day at the Almas Shriners Building in Washington, DC. NHS Members and many other prominent Greek Americans were present on this momentous occasion.
NHS Executive Director Art Dimopoulos presented many of the programs that the National Hellenic Society has been working on, including promoting feature film Cliffs of Freedom. Additional speakers included Her Excellency Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the United States, Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Jimmy Kokotas, Supreme President of the Order of AHEPA, and Diane Kochilas, renowned chef and host of My Greek Table.
The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Ioannis Lefas on Who Owns History, Elgin's Loot and the Case for Returning Plundered Treasure by Geoffrey Robertson. The book, which was available free of charge for all members present, examines the contemporary problem of the return of cultural property taken from its country of creation in the case of the Parthenon Marbles.
The NHS is thankful for all members of our parea who were able to attend!
On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Proclaimed March 25, 2021 as Greek Independence Day. The official designation was completed in March, in which the county recognized that on March 25, 1821 "the Greek Nation began its fight for independence, in which many brave men and women stood up to battle for freedom from oppression, slavery and subjugation, and to liberate Greece after four long centuries of occupation." The dedication ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic and rescheduled for December 7th.
Attached, please find photos and the video of the Meeting which was broadcast live on cable television throughout the Metropolitan Washington DC region. The NHS was joined by Theodoros Bizakis, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Greece, and Leon Andris, American Hellenic Institute. The National Hellenic Society accepted the Proclamation on behalf of AHEPA, the Hellenic American Women’s Council and Washington OXI Day Foundation.
We have attached photos and a video from the dedication event, as well as a photo of the proclamation.