As much as we shrug our shoulders and try to carry on about our lives, this past year has been a trial for us all. The COVID-19 pandemic has flipped all of our lives upside down. Amidst all the chaos though, if one peels away how abnormal life has been over the last 12 to 14 months, we can start to see and appreciate things that we otherwise might not have. With uncertainty all around us, one thing remained steadfast: the delivery of the news that matters to you, the Greek-American community and the Diaspora at large. There were times where people could have canceled their subscriptions or dropped their advertising, and our staff could have said that they were just too mentally overwhelmed to perform at work and that they needed time off. Through it all the community rallied behind our newspaper, and our staff both here and around the world, despite more distance than we are accustomed to, stood tall and stayed true to the mission.
Ethnikos Kirikas turns an astounding 106 years old this week. Through our pages, we have seen immigrants arrive en masse from Greece and Cyprus, oftentimes not knowing the language and the only thing in their pockets was a fistful of hope. Our community has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time and it’s been our pleasure and honor to have been with you through the generations, each and every step of the way, as the catalogue of our triumphs, tragedies, and everything in-between. My sister Vanessa and I are the stewards of a profound publishing legacy that began 106 years ago and the fact that we publish a Greek-language daily newspaper nearly 5,000 miles away from the Greek homeland is truly a miracle. We owe it all to you, our readers who contact us every day with encouragement, support, and yes, sometimes constructive criticism.
We have entered a new age – the digital age – as always, together. There are exciting projects on the horizon for Ethnikos Kirikas/The National Herald and we are impatient to share them with you all. At the end of the day, this job is not about ego, it’s about service. Service to a community – giving a voice those that feel ignored at times, and bringing one another closer so that we may be united under one Hellenic family. I warmly and humbly thank you for coming on this journey with us. It is a privilege to serve you, may Ethnikos Kirikas go on for at least another 106 years. God bless you all and stay safe.