Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 2016, as Greek History Month in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim March 2016, as Greek History Month in the State of New York, in
conjunction with the commemoration of the 195th Anniversary of Greek

WHEREAS, The year 2016 will mark the 195th Anniversary of Greek Inde-
pendence; and
WHEREAS, The Greek people proudly trace their heritage back thousands
of years in Europe, where they developed an advanced civilization unlike
any the world had yet seen; and
WHEREAS, Upon the fall of the City of Constantinopole in 1453, the
Greek people began almost four centuries under foreign rule in the Otto-
man Empire; and
WHEREAS, In March 1821, the yearning for Greek independence inspired
multiple militias to engage in battles against the Ottoman Empire
including an incursion into Moldavia led by Alexandros Ypsilantis, and
various skirmishes in the Peloponnese, and on several islands; and
WHEREAS, On March 25, 1821, Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the Greek
flag at the Monastery of Agia Lavra in the Peloponnese, marking the
beginning of the war for independence; and
WHEREAS, In January 1822, the Greeks officially declared independence
from the Ottoman Empire; and
WHEREAS, The Greeks valiantly waged war against their Ottoman rulers
under the brave leadership of Theodoris Kolokotronis for almost nine
years until a part of modern Greece was declared independent; and
WHEREAS, The war of independence was formally concluded in 1832 with
the signing of the Treaty of Constantinopole, further expanding the
borders of a modern, independent Greek state; and
WHEREAS, March 25th is celebrated as Independence Day in Greece and in
Greek communities around the world, commemorating the beginning of the
war of independence; and
WHEREAS, Throughout history, the Greek people have exhibited an endur-
ing 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 which 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; we
also 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, The State of New York is further enhanced by its long-stand-
ing partnership with the Federation of Hellenic-American Societies,
which continues its tradition of strong leadership within the Greek-Am-
erican 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
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 2016, as Greek
History Month in the State of New York, in conjunction with the commem-
oration of the 195th Anniversary of Greek Independence, and to publicly
encourage the citizens of New York to reflect upon the contributions of
the 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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