Special to the Hellenic News of America
Two hundred years ago, the Greek people fought to free themselves from the Ottomans in pursuit of self-governance. The Greek War of Independence was not just a fight for independence, but also a battle for the very identity of the Greek people. From philosophy to mathematics, theater to science, language to the arts, Greece’s mark on civilization is indelible. But its most significant contribution is one that Americans enjoy today: democracy.
In Greece’s struggle for liberty, Americans can find similarities with their own struggle for independence – citizens joining to revolt against oppressive regimes ruling from miles away. The goal of both revolutions was the same – to secure the right to govern themselves, a concept that goes back to ancient Greece. The bond between Greece and the United States has evolved to more than just similar independence stories. Today, Greece and the United States enjoy a strategic partnership and a shared commitment to advancing freedom around the world.
A Senate resolution, co-sponsored by Senator Toomey, underscores the importance of Greek independence and the strong bond the two countries enjoy. We appreciate Senator Toomey’s commitment to commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence. Throughout history, the Greek people have been committed to freedom. This Senate resolution highlights that point.
Thank you, Senator Toomey, for recognizing this momentous occasion and joining your Greek constituents in celebrating its importance.