Resolution J860-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 2013 as Greek-American History Month in the State of New York

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  • Mar 19, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 19, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim March 2013 as Greek-American History Month in the State of  New
York

WHEREAS,  The  year  2013 will mark the 192nd Anniversary of Greek Inde-
pendence; and
  WHEREAS, This Independence was won on March 25, 1821, when the  people
of  Greece were released from nearly four centuries of rule by the Otto-
man Empire under the leadership of the  heroic  Theodoros  Kolokotronis;
and
  WHEREAS, Under Kolokotronis' leadership, the people of Greece formally
declared  their  sovereignty,  ending  a  hard-fought  11-year war which
finally secured their freedom and garnered recognition  as  a  sovereign
country; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout history, the Greek people have continuously exhib-
ited  this  enduring  sense  of bravery in rising up against oppressors;
with Winston Churchill noting in a famed World War II speech that "Until
now we used to say that the Greeks fight like heroes. Now we shall  say:
The heroes fight like Greeks."; and
  WHEREAS,  Ancient  Greece has shaped modern society by originating the
concepts of Logic, Science, Lyrics, Philosophy, and History as  well  as
being  the  birthplace  of  democratic  ideals,  inspiring the notion of
participation in government that influenced the framing  of  the  United
States Constitution; and
  WHEREAS,  Greece  has continued to enrich our culture in the fields of
literature, philosophy and architecture  and  has  promoted  the  modern
Olympic  Games, hosting the first in 1896 and most recently in 2004, and
we honor Greek-Americans in New York who have  improved  our  community,
shown  love for family, and shared with us their traditions to learn and
celebrate; and
  WHEREAS, The great State of New York has been blessed  in  many  ways,
including  through  the  presence  of  the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of
America; it serves as a beacon of moral and ethical guidance  throughout
the hemisphere from its Manhattan headquarters; and
  WHEREAS, New York is further enhanced by its long-standing partnership
with  the Federation of Hellenic-American Societies, which continues its
tradition of strong leadership within the Greek-American community; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  recognize  those
New  Yorkers of Hellenic descent for their enduring contributions to the
educational, social, moral and economic principles that  are  so  deeply
ingrained in the fabric of our country and State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
proclaim March 2013 as Greek-American History Month 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 His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Ortho-
dox Church of America.

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