2017-03-29 / Front Page

Greek Archbishop Joins Mayor At Greek Independence Celebration At Gracie Mansion

BY JOYCE VETERE MILOWSKI AND DAN MILLER

Greek Archbishop Demetrios of America was joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Charlane McCray and TV news anchor and radio talk show host Ernie Anastos for the Mayor’s reception at Gracie Mansion celebrating Greek Independence Day. Anastos was honored with a Proclamation from the Mayor naming March 21st, 2017 Ernie Anastos Day in New York City.Photos Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESGreek Archbishop Demetrios of America was joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Charlane McCray and TV news anchor and radio talk show host Ernie Anastos for the Mayor’s reception at Gracie Mansion celebrating Greek Independence Day. Anastos was honored with a Proclamation from the Mayor naming March 21st, 2017 Ernie Anastos Day in New York City.Photos Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESOn Tuesday, March 21st Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted a reception at Gracie Mansion to celebrate Greek Independence, which was also commemorated with a parade along Fifth Avenue on Sunday.

 Archbishop Demetrios of America opened the ceremonies providing a benediction and prayer for peace on Earth. The Archbishop provided a history lesson about the beginnings of the Greek nation, at a time when America was just learning about its own freedom and liberty.

The Mayor honored long-time television and radio news anchor, Ernie Anastos, naming March 21st Ernie Anastos Day in New York City.

Anastos said he was very “humbled” by the honor bestowed on him by the Mayor, and by the honor of being selected as this year’s Grand Marshal of the Parade up Fifth Avenue on Sunday.

During his acceptance speech Anastos said, “Instead of striving  for excellence, strive for relevance.”

Guests were treated to traditional Greek food, drinks and desserts.

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