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AHI Celebrates Greek Independence Day at the White House
March 18, 2010—No. 18 (202) 785-8430

AHI Celebrates Greek Independence Day at the White House


WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) celebrated Greek Independence Day at the White House on March 9, 2010. AHI President Aleco Haralambides Secretary Nicholas Karambelas and Executive Director Nick Larigakis attended the ceremony at which President Barack Obama, Prime Minister George Papandreou, and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios provided remarks.

“We thank President Obama for demonstrating ‘philotimo’ toward the Greek American community by hosting this event to honor Greek Independence,” Haralambides said. “The event serves to reaffirm the strong bonds of friendship between Greece and the United States and to bring attention to the fact that this relationship is etched intrinsically by virtue of the noble principles that guided our founding fathers in establishing our own country.”

AHI will host its “Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day” on March 24, 2010, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., 334 Cannon House Office Building.

To view a video of the White House celebration and to download a transcript, please click here.

The American Hellenic Institute is a non-profit Greek American think-tank and public policy center that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community.



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