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California State Assembly Issues Proclamation on Greek War of Independence

Greek War of Independence SF City Hall
The Greek War of Independence will be honored by the illumination of San Francisco City Hall. Credit: Taso Zografos

The California State Assembly issued a special proclamation on the 200th anniversary of Greek War of Independence on March 25, 2021.

The proclamation was issued and signed by the State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore, the Honorable Kevin Mullin, who represents the Assembly’s 22nd District in California.

Greek War of Independence
Greek Independence Day certificate of recognition

The proclamation reads:

“This is in commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence Day, and in recognition of the many contributions the United Hellenic American Societies (UHAS) has made representing the Greek American community in California by promoting, preserving, and protecting Greek culture, heritage, and tradition. On behalf of the State of California, congratulations and best wishes for continued success.”

The UHAS representing Greek Americans in California is a non-profit entity that was first established in 1954 to promote, preserve, and protect Greek culture, heritage, and tradition through strong community relations.

“We appreciate this special acknowledgement and recognition of this the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence by our State’s Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin”, said UHAS President Taso Zografos.

“We are thankful for the State Assembly’s support of the over 150,000 Greek Americans living in California”.

Greece’s history is often reflected upon in two distinct periods known as “Ancient Greece” and “Modern Greece” separated in time by around 400 years.

SF City Hall to be illuminated on Greek War of Independence day

This follows the initiative of the UHAS to ensure that the San Francisco City Hall will be illuminated with the colors of the Greek flag on March 25.

“Our Greek community in California is working together in unison to pay tribute to those who stood up to tyranny, sacrificed their lives in the fight against oppression, and bravely liberated Greece from occupation” said UHAS President Taso Zografos.

“Hellenes and Philhellenes around the world continue to stand united in defense of freedom and liberty for all.”

In collaboration with the Greek Consulate in San Francisco, UHAS worked with the Office of the Mayor of San Francisco London Breed to have the Greek flag raised on March 25th and to remain flown for five consecutive days during Greek Heritage Week that runs from March 19-28, 2021.

“We appreciate the Mayor’s actions to support the Greek community during this unprecedent time affecting our ability to fully celebrate this important event” said Taso Zografos.

“Now our families will be able to drive down to safely enjoy seeing our Greek flag raised high at City Hall in San Francisco”.

The UHAS is also seeking to establish Greek Heritage Week that would encompass the days surrounding the annual date of March 25th when Hellenes and Philhellenes in the California and around the world celebrate the anniversary of Greek Independence.

To achieve this goal, the UHAS is working collaboratively with many Hellenic organizations such as the local chapters of the Order of AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, and other regional societies.

 

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