Resolution J693-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 25, 2013, as Greek Independence Day in the State of New York



  • Mar 19, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 1, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim March 25, 2013, as Greek Independence Day in New York State

WHEREAS, The year 2013 will mark the 192nd Anniversary  of  Greek  Inde-
pendence; and
  WHEREAS,  With  the  capture  of  the City of Constantinople, a living
symbol of Greek Glory, the Greek people were to endure four centuries of
foreign rule under the Ottoman Empire; and
  WHEREAS, Rhigas Pheraios, the Poet of the Revolution,  a  voice  which
spoke to the conscience of the Greek people, expressed their feelings in
his  War Hymn: "How long, my heroes, shall we live in bondage ... seeing
our children turned from the land to bitter enslavement?"; and
  WHEREAS, On March 25,  1821,  Bishop  Germanos,  the  Metropolitan  of
Patras,  raised  the standard of revolt at the Monastery of Aghia Lavra,
and the struggle for liberation from cultural deprivation  and  lack  of
national identity was begun; and
  WHEREAS,  This courageous struggle inspired and moved people in Europe
and the United States to compassionate expressions of support; and
  WHEREAS, After a seven-year war and a long struggle to reach  a  peace
treaty,  the  people  of Hellas were victorious ... Greece was, in 1830,
finally recognized as an Independent State; and
  WHEREAS, New York has been blessed in many ways, but a tangible  asset
to  the State and City of New York is the presence of the Greek Orthodox
Archdiocese of America; it is a moral  compass  which  provides  ethical
guidance throughout the hemisphere from its Manhattan headquarters; and
  WHEREAS,  Another  great  asset is the Federation of Hellenic-American
Societies of Greater New York, which  continues  to  play  an  important
leadership role within the Greek community; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that we should take
note of those citizens in this great Empire State who  are  of  Hellenic
descent  and  who  have  unstintingly  contributed  to  the educational,
social, moral and economic values so beloved by the people of the  State
of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to  proclaim  March  25,  2013,  as
Greek  Independence Day in New York State, and to publicly encourage the
citizens of New York to reflect upon  the  contributions  of  our  Greek
community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York, and to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios,  Primate  of  the  Greek
Orthodox Church of America.


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