Officials including Utah governor Spencer Cox and the Very Reverend George Nikas of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake took part in ceremonies honoring the Greek Bicentennial today in Salt Lake.
Foremost among the events was the presentation of a large Greek flag to Governor Cox and the citizens of Utah from Utah’s Greek Orthodox Community and the Hellenic Cultural Association of Utah (HCA).
Flag given in honor of the Greek bicentennial
The flag, which had been flown atop the Athens Acropolis earlier this year, was given to the HCA in commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence this year.
There will also be a signing of the proclamation by Governor Cox declaring March 25, 2021 as “Greek Independence Day in Utah.”
Showing honor for Greece and the many Greek immigrants who made their way to the American West, the lawns at Holy Trinity Cathedral and Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Salt Lake City were planted with 200 Greek flags on Thursday as well.
The Hellenic Cultural Association (HCA) of Salt Lake City received its charter from the State of Utah on May 23, 1986, as a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization whose principal objective would be to preserve the rich history, heritage, traditions, documents and memorabilia that reflect the Greek Experience in America.
Its major goal has been to establish the Hellenic Cultural Museum of America in Salt Lake City, Utah, and to sponsor public events to promote Hellenic ideals that reflect the Greek American experience.
The HCA founded and maintains the Hellenic Cultural Museum, the Hellenic Historical Monument, and the Hellenic Cultural Library, all of which are located on the grounds of the Holy Trinity Cathedral complex.
The HCA assists and encourages Philhellenes, Hellenic cultural groups and individuals in their efforts to identify, collect, catalog, preserve and maintain various documents and artifacts pertaining to the history of their communities and their cultural heritage.
Among its other activities, the HCA has inaugurated its prestigious annual event, the presentation of Axios and Axia Awards to worthy individuals in recognition of service to their communities.