Philadelphia, PA – The Greek flag was raised yesterday over the city. The Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley hosted the ceremony that recognized the Greek War of Independence. Evzones, members of the Greek community, honorable dignitaries, and the Mayor of Philadelphia were in attendance.

A series of speeches covering the Greek revolution and Philadelphia’s historical connections was preceded by the Evzones’ glorious march onto the campus of the Municipal Services Building directly across the street from Philadelphia’s City Hall.

Elena Iliadis of St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church performed the national anthems of Greece and the United States. Stathi Karandonis, a Federation past president and member of St. Thomas Greek Orthodox church, raised the flag of Greece.

The event was introduced by the co-chair of the parade, John Vasiliou, and MC by Athen Koutsouroumbas, who introduced each guest.

A special presentation from the Mayor of Philadelphia, James Francis Kenney, to the family of Father Katerlis of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral was made, recognizing his effort to launch the first Greek Independence Day Parade from St. George Cathedral in Old City. This has become a tradition that continues.