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The National Herald at 25: Key Headlines from a Quarter Century of News

October 15, 2022

NEW YORK – The National Herald is celebrating 25 years in 2022, though it seems like only yesterday that we celebrated 20 years. So much has happened in 25 years, it seems almost impossible to summarize the incredible journey of this publication in a few words or even in a few articles.

The tradition that began and continues with the venerable Greek daily Ethnikos Kirikas, TNH’s parent publication, is remarkable in the history of newspaper publishing. Through the years and through the changes in technology, it is something of a miracle that this newspaper carries on today as a bridge with the homeland, keeping the community connected to the news that matters most to Hellenes wherever we happen to live. Technology has allowed TNH to expand worldwide on computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets anywhere.

Maintaining this link between the homeland and the community is vital because we love Greece and Cyprus and we want to help all Hellenes to achieve their dreams and to share their stories with the community to inspire the next generation.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew delivering his homily during the Thyranixia Service of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in November of 2021. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

How many of us grew up with our parents and grandparents reading the Greek daily and using it for our Greek School homework and projects ourselves? The English edition extends that tradition and connection to the generations that are primarily English-speaking to keep in touch not only with their roots and what the diaspora Greek and Cypriot organizations are up to, but also with the current events in Greece and Cyprus that are critical in our world right now. The local issues as well as international ones affect us all and we need to stay informed as much as possible as responsible citizens.

Congratulations to The National Herald on its 25th anniversary!

Here are a few of the headlines that have captivated our readers over the last 25 years.

September 2001- The world was shocked by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 that changed all our lives on that fateful day.

January 2006 – St. Nicholas Church Aiming to Complete Preliminary Plans, Greek-American Anne Papageorge, senior vice president of Memorial, Cultural and Civic Development for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, spoke to TNH about the World Trade Center Memorial Project

February 2006 – Greek-Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis made it to the Australian Open Men’s Final only to be defeated by Roger Federer.

The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine. (Photo by TNH)

October 2007- Acropolis Statues Begin Transfer to New Home

More than 300 Ancient Objects will be Moved to New Museum Over the Next Four Months

Olympia Snowe: Iraq Must Solve Its Problems Politically, Republican Senator Says U.S. Can’t Prop Iraq Up Indefinitely

January 2008 – Karamanlis Urges Ankara to Abide by Its E.U. Obligations during Turkish Visit, Becomes First Greek Premier to Visit Turkey in Almost 49 Years, Discusses Several Core Issues

October 2009 – Farewell to Hellenism’s Home in the Air: Olympic’s Last Flight to NY, Tears, Anger and Disappointment Mark Final Flights to and from JFK; Future Is Unclear

February 2010 – Wall Street Helped to Mask Debt, Fueling Greek, EU Crises: Goldman Sachs Deals that Swelled Debt Masqueraded as Currency Transactions

April 2010 – Greeks Will Defy the Odds and Dance Again, New York’s Mayor Says, Bloomberg Hosts Reception at Gracie Mansion for Greek Independence Day

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America was enthroned as the seventh Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on Saturday June 22, at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan. (Photo by TNH/Kostas Bej)
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America was enthroned as the seventh Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on Saturday June 22, at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan. (Photo by TNH/Kostas Bej)

October 2011 – Despite Protests, More Austerity Planned: In Mass Outrage Police Clash with Protesters Again

October 2012 – Gov. Cuomo Announces Final St. Nicholas Agreement, Lauds Community

August 2013 – Samaras Arrives in U.S. for DC and NY Meetings to Visit Obama at White House and Investors in New York

March 2014 – Did Ex-TNH Employee Know Who Killed JFK? Joannides’ CIA Files Still Classified 50 Years after Kennedy Death

October 2015 – Rev. Passias, amid Sex Scandal, Banned by the Archdiocese: Priest of Historic St. Spyridon Community Caught in Affair with “Spiritual Daughter”

April 2016 – At White House, Obama Declares Unwavering Friendship to Greece

FILE- Journalist Markos Kounalakis and his wife Lieutenant Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis, with her father Angelo Tsakopoulos at the Elios Hellenic Charity Ball in San Francisco. Photo: Drew Altizer Photography
Elios Hellenic Charity Ball at the Fairmont

September 2016 – Biden at Blue Dream Gala Honoring Late Son: Fundraiser at Kimisis Focused on Children’s Protection Foundation

September 2016 – High School Girl Defending the Faith in Nebraska: Maria Piperis responds to ignorance and prejudice with a solid dose of the truth

January 2017 – Emirates to Launch Service to Newark via Athens

February 2017 – Delivery Ceremony of the SNFCC to the Greek Society: A special event marked the handover to the Greek state of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center’s spectacular new facilities and park on Athens’ southern coast of Faliron on February 23.

May 2017 – Fire at the Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church of Corona – Concern for the historic church and community led many TNH readers to share their thoughts and prayers.

April 2018 – Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria Airing on PBS, highlighted the historic Greek Jewish community

December 2018 – Woman of the Year Eleni Kounalakis: The first woman elected Lt. Gov. of CA spoke with TNH

June 2019 – Elpidophoros Enthroned as Archbishop of America: The faithful flock to NYC for the moving ceremony, express their best wishes

FILE – Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla attends a ceremony in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Oct. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, file)

June 2019 – Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins NBA MVP Honors

November 2019 – Diaspora Vote OK’d in Constitution Overhaul

March 2020 – Coronavirus Cases Hit 89 in Greece, All Schools Shut Down for Two Weeks, was published on March 11, when coronavirus news was already dominating the headlines everywhere, and the date when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic

April 2020 – Greece COVID-19 Response Earns Historian’s Praise

July 2020 – Consulate General of Greece in New York Inundated with Requests

October 2020 – The 80th Anniversary of ‘OXI’ Day was celebrated with a virtual event hosted by the Washington ‘OXI’ Day Foundation on October 28th.

January 2021- TNH’s Person of the Year: Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla

The National Herald Educator of the Year was presented by co-editor/co-publisher Eraklis Diamataris to Meropi Kyriacou, Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan. Among those present was Stella Kokolis, at right, Federation of Greek American Educators President. Photo: TNH/ Christodoulos Athanasatos

November 2021- Thyranoixia for St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine: The Opening of the Doors Ceremony was presided over by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on November 2, 2021.

June 2022 – TNH at the Greek Parade on 5th Avenue in New York

July 2022 – The Consecration of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine WTC

September 2022 – Greek PM Mitsotakis at UN Calls on Turkey to Scale Down Rhetoric.

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