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Congress Honors Greek Independence Day
March 19, 2008—No. 16 (202) 785-8430

Congress Honors Greek Independence Day

The House and the Senate last week unanimously passed H.Res. 1024 and S.Res. 476 to honor Greek Independence Day.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) sponsored H.Res. 1024 with 35 original co-sponsors. 
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) sponsored the Senate version, S.Res. 476. It was co-sponsored by 54 Senators, including Democratic Presidential Candidates Barack Obama (D-IL), and Hilary Clinton (D-NY).

“A steadfast ally and close friend of the United States, Greece has helped usher in a new era of stability and development in the Balkans,” said Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee in introducing the Resolution.

H.Res. 1024 extends warm congratulations and best wishes to the people of Greece as they celebrate the 187th anniversary of the independence of Greece. It also expresses support for the principles of democratic governance to which the people of Greece are committed; and notes the important role that Greece has played in Europe and in the community of nations since gaining its independence 187 years ago.

S.Res. 476 designates March 25, 2008, as ‘Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy’; and encourages the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

The Senate and the House praised Greek Independence Day while the resolutions acknowledged Greece’s alliance with the US in every major war and its contributions to its neighbors and the world.


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