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Aurora, Illinois, Honors Greek Independence Day

AURORA, IL – In honor of the 203rd Anniversary of Greek Independence Day and in recognition of the history and legacy of Aurora’s Greek community, the City of Aurora hosted its annual Greek Flag Raising Ceremony on March 25. The celebration continued in Downtown Aurora with Mayor Richard C. Irvin presenting the annual proclamation, while Aurora’s Ward 3 Alderman Ted Mesiacos and Chief Management Officer Alex Alexandrou gave remarks on the significance of the City’s thriving Greek community.

The ceremony also featured a blessing by Fr. Panagiotis Boznos of Aurora’s Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church and a presentation of the ‘Optimum Participation in Aurora’ Award – known as the ‘OPA Award’ as a nod to the popular Greek expression – to community members of Greek heritage who have had a hand in the city’s progress. Recipients include realtor Bill Deligiannis, his sister, global humanitarian Penny Deligiannis, and Niko and Fanny Andriopoulos, owners of the Gyro Pit restaurant in Aurora.

In spite of cloudy skies, the Greek flag raising ceremony was held on March 25 in Aurora, Illinois. Photo: Facebook
Left to right: Aurora’s Ward 3 Alderman Ted Mesiacos, honorees Niko and Fanny Andriopoulos, Mayor Richard C. Irvin, and Chief Management Officer Alex Alexandrou. Photo: Facebook

On its social media, the City of Aurora thanked the Gyro Pit for providing such great food for the ceremony.

Aurora’s early Greek community began to arrive from Greece in the mid-1940s. Along with opening businesses and social clubs in the first two decades, the growing community opened Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, now one of the state’s largest parishes.

Left to right: Aurora’s Ward 3 Alderman Ted Mesiacos, honoree Penny Deligiannis, Mayor Richard C. Irvin, and Chief Management Officer Alex Alexandrou. Photo: Facebook

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