Saturday, March 26, 2011

Greek Independence Ceremony at White House; Obama: America Was Founded on Greek Principles

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) -- a leading association for America's three million citizens of Greek heritage -- celebrated the 190th anniversary of Greek Independence at a White House ceremony yesterday (March 25, 2011), according to the AHEPA News website.

"We are deeply grateful to President Obama for issuing the Proclamation that affirms the friendship and 'steadfast bonds' between the United States and Greece," said AHEPA Supreme President Nicholas Karacostas.

The Presidential Proclamation -- while reflecting on the vast contributions of Greece to the world (foremost being democratic principles and ideals) -- also looks forward to a shared future between perpetual allies and friends.

In his speech at the ceremony, President Obama said, "Our Founding Fathers were students of Greek philosophy and Greek history, drawing on Greek principles to guide our own nation in its earliest days."

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