BOSTON – Greece honored Mike Dukakis with Order of Honor of the Grand Commander on Saturday October 24. The award ceremony took place in the yard of the home of Michael Dukakis in the town of Brookline, Massachusetts. Ambassador of Greece to the United States Alexandra Papadopoulou presented Michael Dukakis with the award on behalf of the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou.
Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Vlassis participated in the ceremony via internet and in his speech he congratulated Dukakis on his services in political life and in the Greek-American community, as well as for his support of Greek National Issues. He also stressed that his overall career in U.S. public life, always keeping his eyes on Greece, was an example to be imitated and a source of inspiration for the younger generations of Greek-Americans, according to an announcement by the deputy minister’s office.
Mike and Kitty Dukakis after the ceremony. (Photo by Consulate General of Greece)
Dukakis is the longest-serving governor in Massachusetts history and was nominated by the Democratic Party for president in 1988. As a member of the Greek-American Community, he carried out important charitable, social and educational activities.