Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release March 24, 2016
GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY: A NATIONAL DAY OF CELEBRATION
OF GREEK AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, 2016
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Inspired by ancient Greece's example, America's Founding
Fathers drew on Hellenic principles to guide our democracy in
its nascence. Nearly half a century after the Stars and Stripes
first flew over our country, a flag was raised on a mountaintop
in Greece, and a revolution spawned that would bring democracy
back to its birthplace and lay the cornerstone of the
close relationship enjoyed by our two nations. On the
195th anniversary of Greece's independence, we celebrate the
friendship between our countries and honor the contributions
that Greek Americans have made to our national character.
Our common histories are reflected in our shared values.
Throughout our storied pasts, our peoples have upheld
the fundamental ideals we cherish by working together to
safeguard the foundation of democracy upon which both our
nations are built. Greeks and Americans have long stood
shoulder-to-shoulder in defense of freedom, and today, the Greek
American community carries forward the legacy of past Greeks who
enlightened our world by continuing to enrich our society in
unique ways. Driving generations, the hope that incited both
our revolutions still burns in the hearts of Greek Americans
and in all those across our country who seek even greater
opportunity for our children and grandchildren.
The Greek people have faced extraordinary challenges in
recent years, yet they remain steadfast in their resilience and
perseverance. In response to an ongoing refugee and migration
crisis, Greece is providing humanitarian assistance to countless
men, women, and children seeking freedom from persecution and
violence. As Americans, we stand with Greece as partners,
friends, and NATO allies, and the Greek American community
serves as an important bridge that helps bring us together.
At our core, we share deep ties of culture and family, and
respect for the fundamental rights of democratic States.
Through good times and bad, we share a common commitment to
security and liberty for people around the world. On this day,
let us reflect on nearly two centuries of strong bonds between
our nations, and let us recommit to working together to
strengthen our respective democracies.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the
United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in
me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do
hereby proclaim March 25, 2016, as Greek Independence Day:
A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy.
I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day
with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-fourth day of March, in the year of our Lord
two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.