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AHEPA Welcomes Senate Resolution Recognizing 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence

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AHEPA Welcomes Senate Resolution Recognizing 200th Anniversary ofGreek Independence
AHEPA welcomes the introduction of a bipartisan Senate resolution commemorating the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day, by U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and John Barrasso (R-WY), announced Supreme President George G. Horiates.
The resolution, S.Res.34, celebrates the commitment to democracy that Greece and the United States share as well as the two nations’ lasting partnership and rich history of friendship, according to a statement from Senator Menendez.
The resolution:Recognizes the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence DayCelebrates Ancient Greece as the birthplace of democracy and the enduring commitment of the Greek people to democratic principlesAcknowledges the important role that Greece has played on the global stage in addition to the country’s strong relationship with the United States
“AHEPA sincerely thanks Senators Menendez and Barrasso for introducing this resolution that recognizes the landmark bicentennial of Greece’s independence,” Horiates said. “We encourage the community to outreach to their senators to urge their co-sponsorship of the resolution. We call for the U.S. Senate to pass the resolution swiftly.”

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