The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese commemorated the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution of 1821 on Thursday, with a live-streamed event highlighting its glorious history and the contributions made by the nation over the millennia.
Greek and US politicians, Greek-American leaders and the CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, participated in the event.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the leader of main opposition Alexis Tsipras also read statements for the event.
George Stephanopoulos, the chief anchor for ABC News, served as Master of Ceremonies and award-winning actor Dennis Boutsikaris provided narration to videos featuring historical and modern themes on the Revolution of 1821 and its relevance to our modern day.
The event began with a Doxology, or a service of thanksgiving, presided over by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, and was followed by live musical presentations and videos.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla speaks at Greek Bicentennial event
Among the speakers were Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, Congresswoman Dina Titus and Congressman Gus Bilirakis, and the CEO of Pfizer Albert Bourla.
Representing the Greek-American Omogenia was John Catsimatidis, Vice President of the Archdiocesan Council, and George Horiates, Supreme President of AHEPA.
Musical presentations were made by Karolina Pilou, Principal Artist at The Metropolitan Opera of New York, Stefanos Koroneos, International Baritone and Artistic Director of Teatro Grattacielo, The New York Notables Trio, and the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir.
In accordance to COVID measures in place during this time in the USA, this celebration was a hybrid event, with both in-person speeches and speeches via video.