The Greek Diaspora has sent hundreds of proposals for actions and events marking Greece’s bicentennial, “Greece 2021” committee president Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said on Friday.
“The committee has received 319 proposals for actions and events from Greeks abroad and from official Greek authorities in 47 countries,” she said and added that at the events already taken place there was a large attendance by the Greek Diaspora.
Angelopoulos-Daskalaki noted that until now more than 100 events honoring the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution have ben held in Greece and abroad. .
The committee meets with municipalities in Greece to encourage them to assume planning of events.
They include educational activities, documentary production, and even the search for and registration of descendants of fighters of the 1821 Revolution who are living abroad, she added.
She also spoke of the 14 commemorative collector’s coins issued by the committee, which include images of the first two coins to be minted by the newly founded Greek state (the phoenix and the drachma).
The coins, available through the committee’s site (www.greece2021.gr) and banks, became available on February 18 and have been sold as far as Mexico and Chile.
Revenues from their sale will be used to fund some of the anniversary events.
Through its fundraising program, the committee has also completed a donation of 18 intensive care unit beds to the Papanikolaou Hospital in Thessaloniki, which will hold an inaugural event on Saturday, she said.
Greece’s Diaspora turned world Greek on March 25
Cities around the world turned Greek on March 25, 2021 to honor Greece. On the occasion of the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence from the Ottomans, which began on that day back in 1821.
Embodying the Greek spirit of freedom, cities on every continent -especially where Greek Diaspora was present- donned the colors of the Greek flag — blue and white — to show their support and respect for the country on the day honoring its independence.
In honor the the Greek War of Independence, which inspired many other revolutions in Latin America, Europe, and the Caribbean, countries around the world celebrated the historic revolution and the Greeks’ fight for freedom.