WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on March 19 shared his thoughts and best wishes in celebration of the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution. In the video message, Senator Schumer began by addressing an official greeting to His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and members of the Greek-American community across the United States.
Sen. Schumer said, “It is my great privilege to join His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Exarch of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, and members of the Greek-American community across America in commemorating this noble and historic occasion, the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution that brought forth the free state of the Hellenic Republic which has been a friend and ally of the Unites States ever since.
“For centuries, America and Greece have shared a uniquely symbiotic relationship built on a shared reverence for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Although the American War of Independence came first, the principle and ideals that inspired our founders came directly from the great philosophers and politicians of classical Greece.
“The Greeks rebelled against the Ottoman Empire several decades later, the righteous cause was naturally taken up by many contemporary American leaders across the political spectrum, like Daniel Webster and Henry Clay and thus began a fruitful partnership between our two countries which is embodied nowhere more vividly than in our great city of New York.
“Over the years our city and state have been enriched immensely by the cultural, economic, and civic contributions of so many generations of Greek-Americans.
“My good friends Dennis Mehiel and George Tsunis are but two of countless members of this community who have given so much to New York and to America and are both close friends of mine.
“So let us celebrate today and every day the courage, the idealism and perseverance of the Greek freedom fighters who transformed the world 200 years ago. May their stirring example continue to serve as an inspiration to us all in these dark times,” Sen. Schumer concluded.