2018-03-28 / Front Page

197 Years of Greek Independence


Students from the Greek Immersion Program at PS 85 performed traditional Greek dances and songs. 
Jason Antos Students from the Greek Immersion Program at PS 85 performed traditional Greek dances and songs. Jason Antos The annual Greek Independence Day celebration was held at the Stathakion Center in Astoria.

Many elected officials attended the March 23 event.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, Council Member Costa Constantinides and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz hosted the celebration.

The Queens elected officials annually mark the historic occasion with a ceremony recognizing Greek heritage and culture, and honoring local community leaders.

Greek Independence Day is a national holiday in Greece, commemorating the start of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1821. This year’s occasion marked the 197th anniversary of Greek independence. –Jason D. Antos



(L. to r.); State Senator Michael Gianaris, honoree Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilmember Costa Constantinides. Borough President Melinda Katz presented Consul General of Greece, Dr. Konstatinos Koutras, with a special citation. 
Photos Jason Antos (L. to r.); State Senator Michael Gianaris, honoree Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilmember Costa Constantinides. Borough President Melinda Katz presented Consul General of Greece, Dr. Konstatinos Koutras, with a special citation. Photos Jason Antos

(L. to r.); State Senator Michael Gianaris, honoree Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, honoree and public school teacher Despina Galatoulas, honoree and founder of the Association of Greek American Professional Women, Olga Alexakos, Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilmember Costa Constantinides. (L. to r.); State Senator Michael Gianaris, honoree Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, honoree and public school teacher Despina Galatoulas, honoree and founder of the Association of Greek American Professional Women, Olga Alexakos, Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilmember Costa Constantinides.

Borough President Melinda Katz presented Consul General of Greece, Dr. Konstatinos Koutras, with a special citation. Borough President Melinda Katz presented Consul General of Greece, Dr. Konstatinos Koutras, with a special citation.

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