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Editorial

Parades, Opportunities, and ‘Imported’ Problems

In recent days, the eyes of the entire Greek-American Community were focused on our parade in New York.

Of course, Manhattan itself helps with that, being a magnet that fires up people’s imagination, especially the youth. It’s special, no matter what some may say.

But besides the city, there is also the Omogenia that grabs attention. It’s this dynamic, creative, uncompromising, ambitious, independent part of the Greek world that attracts admiration but also the envy of many.

That’s human nature.

This year’s parade did not disappoint. On the contrary. First, and most importantly, it didn’t disappoint the Community itself. It was one of the most massive in recent years – the good weather certainly helped with that. With the participation of our parishes, our schools, and our associations. With parents and grandparents holding the hands of children.

It’s the day we put aside our differences and celebrate and honor what unites us: our Greek origin and our Orthodox faith.

It’s the day we declare our determination to fight as much as we can, in every way, to pass on to our children our national and religious identity.

And it’s such moments, like the parade, where the enormous potential of the Greek-American community becomes apparent. To build model schools, cultural centers, to organize visits of young people to the Homeland, including graduates of the Holy Cross School of Theology to Greece and Cyprus.

And it’s such moments that also sadden you because you realize even more the absence of a leader who could act as a catalyst, capable of giving the additional impetus we need to reach the next level.

If you think about it, the serious problems of the Community, our Omogenia, are ‘imported’.

Have you noticed?

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