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Los Angeles to Illuminate Landmarks for Greek Bicentennial Celebration

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The iconic pylons outside Los Angeles’ International Airport, LAX, will be illuminated with the colors of the Greek flag on March 25 in commemoration of the Greek Bicentennial of its War of Independence. Credit: Taso Zografos

The city of Los Angeles will mark the celebration of the Greek bicentennial of its War of Independence on March 25 by illuminating the iconic pylons outside its international airport, LAX.

On March 25, 2021, landmark buildings and bridges around the United States will light up in the white and blue of the Greek flag in commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence.

The iconic pillars at LAX, the city of Los Angeles’ international airport, will be illuminated in the colors of Greece on the day and the Greek flag will also be raised at the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.

City College Pedestrian Bridge, Memorial Auditorium to don blue and white

Other buildings and areas which will also be illuminated to show respect for the Greek Bicentennial are the Richards/I-5 underpass, the Capitol Mall, the K street Tunnel, City College Pedestrian Bridge, Memorial Auditorium and the McKinley Underpass.

The initiative for the illuminations belongs to the United Hellenic American Societies (UHAS) representing Greek Americans in California and the efforts of Taso Zografos, the President of the United Hellenic American Societies of Northern California (UHAS).

Pacific Wheel will have light show for Greek bicentennial

“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,” he stated in announcing the commemorations.

The Santa Monica Pier’s “Pacific Wheel” will also have a special, evening-long Light Show for Greek Independence Day on the 25th.

Other states and cities all around the United States will commemorate Greece’s bicentennial by illuminating their landmark buildings and bridges in the blue and white.

March 25th is celebrated in Greece and the Greek diaspora as the commencement of the Greek people’s successful struggle against the Ottoman Empire (1821-1830), which culminated in the establishment of an independent nation.

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