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Foreign Ambassadors Read Poems to Honor Greece’s Bicentennial

Geoffrey Ross Pyatt, the United States Ambassador to Greece. Credit: Facebook / Katerina Sakellaropoulou

A special event was presented by the Presidency of the Hellenic Republic in Athens on Sunday, where the ambassadors of nine nations recited poems related to Greece’s War of Independence.

The ambassadors of France, the USA, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, and Romania accepted the invitation of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, to join this event.

The initiative comes as yet another COVID-19-secure event that Greece is organized in order to commemorate and honor the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence.

The aim of this particular event was also to highlight the inseparable links that connect Greece and other Western nations, whose poets received inspiration from the struggle of the Greek people for liberty.

The message of the President of the Hellenic Republic

In a post on her social media platforms, President Sakellaropoulou noted that ”The Greek Revolution against the Turkish oppressors inspired the poets of the West with lyrics that were so ecstatic, so moving.”

”In the revolt of the Greeks against the power of an empire they (the poets) saw transcending fear, subjugation, and slavery; (they) even (saw) the limits of the existence per se, since from one moment to the next, ordinary, everyday people were transformed into heroes who gave everything for the militant realization of the ideal of freedom,” the President noted.

The World Turns Greek to Mark Greece’s Bicentennial

The entire world will turn Greek to mark Greece’s bicentennial, celebrated on March 25, 2021, commemorating 200 years since the declaration of its War of Independence.

The anniversary will be marked in every corner of the globe where members of the Greek Diaspora are present. Iconic landmarks in all of those countries will be illuminated in blue and white in honor of the Greek people and their struggle for freedom 200 years ago.

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