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n 1821, after nearly 400 years of Ottoman oppression,
the Greeks united under a flag bearing the cross to
fight for freedom and justice in the land which gave the
world democracy. Like the revolution which took place
in America 45 years earlier, Greece would embark on a
journey forever linking our two countries in their struggle
for freedom and independence.
AHEPA launched the celebration of Greece's Bicentennial
in earnest with a tribute to American philhellene, Dr. Samuel
Gridley Howe, during the weekend of February 27 and 28, 2021.
By now, many know of Dr. Howe's crucial role in providing
American assistance to the Greek War of Independence. However,
it bears repeating. Dr. Howe, who hailed from Boston, was a
Harvard-educated physician who became Surgeon General of the
Greek forces. His work in raising monies for the heroic Greeks,
tending to the masses, and providing eyewitness accounts published
throughout the world at the time helped inspire other philhellenes
to assist the cause.
Supreme President George G. Horiates placed a wreath at the
base of the monument to Dr. Howe in honor of the great philhellene.
In 1935, the monunment was dedicated during the 13th
AHEPA Supreme Convention in Providence, R.I. Newspaper
accounts report over 3,000 attendees were present.
struggle for independence, served on Greek ships that blocked
the port of Souda, Crete. He was wounded in 1825 during the
siege of Missolonghi while fighting with the Greek fleet.
On behalf of Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, City
Councilmember Sheila M. Finlayson read and presented a proclamation
issued in honor of Greek Independence and the region's
contributions to the Greek cause.
" Annapolis thanks the Order of AHEPA for never forgetting
and promoting the relationship between this region and Greece
and the love for liberty we, and philhellene John M. Allen, had in
common with the Greek nation, " Councilwoman Finlayson said.
Additionally, AHEPA sponsored a unique event to pay homage
to one of the many fundraising events organized by American
Philhellenes to support the Greek War of Independence by
hosting a reenactment of the Greek Ball of New York. The Ball
was originally held at the Park Theater in Manhattan, February
27, 1827. AHEPA staged the reenactment, which featured professional
Broadway actors and actresses, at the Federation of
Hellenic Societies of Greater New York's Stathakion Center,
Astoria, N.Y., March 13, 2021.
Supreme Governor Jack Isaac and Bay State District 8 Lodge
officers (pictured above) joined Supreme President Horiates at
Dr. Howe's gravesite where the Ahepans memorialized him.
Supreme President Horiates read a letter written by Dr. Howe
and published in a Boston newspaper.
AHEPA continued its campaign to celebrate the Greek
Bicentennial with an event to commemorate American philhellene,
John M. Allen. The commemoration occurred at the site of
the Constantino Brumidi statue, Annapolis, Md., March 6, 2021.
Supreme President Horiates, and AHEPA Capital District 3
members representing chapters from Washington to Baltimore,
honored the work of a revolutionary hero, John M. Allen, who
was a midshipman of the United States Navy. Allen, one of many
American philhellenes who went to Greece to assist Greeks in the
Consul of Greece in New York Lana Zochiou participated. She
recited from memory a heartfelt rendition of the famed communication
of the first Governor of Greece Ioannis Kapodistrias to
then-U.S. President John Quincy Adams.
An excerpt from the newspaper, US Gazette, recorded the
following about the event: " The ball given last night at the Park
Theatre, for the doubly patriotic purpose of honoring the birthday
of the great father of this country, and for contributing to the fund
which our benevolent citizens are accumulating to alleviate the distresses
of the suffering Greeks, and, if possible, to accelerate their
march to freedom and independence, was all that could have been
anticipated or desired. The company began to assemble a few minutes
before eight o'clock and continued to arrive until eleven when
the number of ladies and gentlemen was about two thousand. "
Celebrations moved to Michigan with a commemoration at
the Statue of Demetrios Ypsilanti, in Ypsilanti, March 21, 2021.
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