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Editorial

We Must Honor the Contributions of the Hellenes Abroad in the Revolution of 1821

We did not expect to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the struggle for national liberation under these conditions created by the pandemic.

However, the expatriate Greeks of the time, the inspirers of the struggle for the Revolution of 1821, did not start their preparations under good conditions either.

Regardless of the current circumstances, we must celebrate this world-historical event, in the best possible way, and pay tribute and glory to the generation that, after 400 years of slavery, managed to light the spark and achieve the impossible.

But let us also keep in mind that the Revolution lasted a long time, so many of our larger events can be postponed for a later time, i.e. in the autumn and coming years, when conditions will be much better.

It is interesting to note that only 85 years after the establishment of the Greek state in 1830, the National Herald was founded in the Diaspora.

The goal of its publication, as well as the goal of the expatriates who inspired and aroused the enslaved Greeks, was and remains to spotlight the daily struggle for the sacred and holy fundamentals and institutions of our homeland.

We are therefore fully aware of where the pride in our origins comes from, on which the Greek intellectuals relied to convince the European intellectuals of the time that they owed it to the Ancient Greeks to contribute to the liberation of their descendants.

And they were not limited to the theoretical aspects of the Revolution. They organized the highly effective Society of Friends, clashed on the battlefield with the Ottoman Turks, and sacrificed their property and often their lives.

And, of course, the first governor of the new Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias (January 18, 1828-27 September 1831), who laid the foundations of the Greek state – and who was assassinated – was a great Hellene of the diaspora.

I therefore strongly suggest that the celebrations organized by the Greeks abroad for the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution be dedicated primarily to the contributions of Greeks of the Diaspora to the struggle for liberation.

I am not thereby supporting the view that honor and glory should not also be given to the heroes who fought on the battlefields in Morea and Roumeli, in Chios and Psara, to the women who danced the Dance of Zalongo and who sacrificed themselves elsewhere for the freedom of the homeland. They should undoubtedly be remembered and revered.

However, I also very much support the view that we Hellenes abroad should emphasize in our celebrations the contributions of the Hellenes of the Diaspora because they deserve it. They, like us, are expatriates. Their example and the eternal messages they have passed down to us are useful to the younger generations of Hellenes in the diaspora.

I am also an advocate for honoring these men and women because if we do not, we should not expect anyone else to do it on our behalf… 

 

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