x

Politics

US Embassy Celebrates July 4th with Philanthropy, Music, and Floodlit Buildings

ATHENS — The United States embassy will celebrate Independence Day (July 4th) this year with donations and virtual events, it said, in response to Greek government regulations that restrict large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt said that this year's unprecedented health and financial crisis and racial tension have challenged America, but with the help of democratic institutions and the people's unity they will be overcome. He also mentioned the significance of international ties as one of the lessons of the pandemic.

Among actions the embassy has done for July 4 is donate the funds earmarked for the annual reception to three Greek NGOs – Apostoli, Kivotos tou Kosmou and Faros tou Kosmou – as well as the soup kitchen of the Metamorfosi tou Sotira church in Thessaloniki, for free meals.

From July 1 to 5, the US embassy building in Athens will be lit in the colors of the American flag, while and the YMCA building in Thessaloniki will also be lit on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, July 4, at 1:00 pm, Greek journalist and dj Panagiotis Menegos (member of "Laternative" group) will produce a virtual rock 'n roll party on the embassy's Instagram page (@usembassyathens). The public has been asked through social media to contribute suggestions for songs celebrating America.

An embassy video featuring the ambassador and diplomatic staff will speak of the historic ties between Greece and the United States, celebrating Independence Day, at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t4tgMf0jyKEs2VTgFsBv284A7HEJWCnq/view?usp=sharing.

 

RELATED

ATHENS - US Ambassador George Tsunis added to a list of those lauding Greece’s recovery from a 2010-18 financial and austerity crisis, calling it an “economic miracle,” that is seeing investors from the United States and world jumping in.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Alberto, Season’s First Named Tropical Storm, Dumps Rain on Texas and Mexico, Which Reports 3 Deaths

TAMPICO, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Alberto rumbled toward northeast Mexico early Thursday as the first named storm of the season, carrying heavy rains that left three people dead but also brought hope to a region suffering under a prolonged, severe drought.

ATHENS – After five years of systematic research, documenting and collecting stories from all over Greece, Istorima, the largest-scale collection of oral history in the country, continues its activity and is enriched with a renewed website with updated series and collections.

For centuries, ancient artifacts, art, and relics have been a topic of ownership, provenance, and morality debates.

LESVOS – The 2nd International ELIA Lesvos Confest (an olive conference and festival) took place at the Vrana Olive Press Museum on the island of Lesvos in Greece May 23-26.

NEW YORK – Pancyprian Association of America issued a statement mourning the passing of Constantine Iordanou, the businessman and philanthropist who was also a founding member of the Association.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.