President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou made her first address to the nation on Tuesday afternoon, on the occasion of the celebration of the country’s 199th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence, as well as the situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
It should be noted that it is very rare by Greek standards for the President of the Republic to address the nation in a televised message.
”My dear compatriots,” the President began, ”March 25th is indelibly engraved in our collective memory. With the Revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman despotism, our people claimed and finally won the right to determine their own destiny.”
”The national struggle of ’21 and the sacrifices of our ancestors paved the way for a modern state, which is at the heart of a united Europe and which guarantees stability in the South and Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans,” the Greek President declared.
Sakellaropoulou went on to speak about the unprecedented situation the nation finds itself in regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
She said that the nation won’t hold any parades this year; however, she said ”we are witnessing parades of our everyday heroes,” referring to the armed forces, the military, doctors, nurses and ordinary workers, who ”sacrifice without the expectation of any benefits or recognition.”
President Sakellaropoulou also said that she is full of hope, seeing the country’s scientific competence and ethos as well as the wide consensus all the Greek political parties have shown in this difficult period.
”I understand that there is fear. Both for our lives and our health and for the financial consequences of the crisis. We will not let it overwhelm us!” she declared.
The President urged everyone to stay at home, and be ready for the next day of our ”national plan of reconstruction.”
In an emotionally-charged conclusion, the President said that the Greeks are fighting another historic battle in these times — in which they will be victorious once again.
”Next year, we will celebrate with all its glory the bicentennial of our Revolution of 1821!” the President declared to the nation as she was barely able to hold back her tears.