United States Senator Bob Menendez, who is a Democrat and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has introduced to the US Senate a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day.
The resolution, which was co-sponsored by Republican Senator John Barrasso, celebrates the commitment to democracy that Greece and the US share, as well as their lasting partnership and rich history of friendship.
In a speech after introducing the bipartisan resolution to the Senate, Senator Menendez said he takes “great pride” in standing with Greek Americans to celebrate the momentous anniversary.
“As I walk the halls of the Capitol, I am reminded of Greece’s lasting imprint on American society, and that the United States and Greece are forever linked by their shared admiration for and devotion to democratic governance,” Menendez said.
“The relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Adamantios Korais set a foundation for a dialogue on democracy and freedom that continues to this day. I am proud of the roles played by individual American philhellenes who provided support to the Greek revolution – people like Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, Jonathan Peckham Miller, and George Jarvis.
“I extend my warmest wishes to the members of the Hellenic community during this bicentennial year and join in honoring their rich cultural heritage and immense contributions around the world.”
Co-sponsor, Senator Barrasso, also extended his “heartfelt congratulations” to Greece for the bicentenary.
“This year’s bicentennial marks a significant milestone for Greece, our strong partner and important ally,” Senator Barrasso said.
“From the very beginning of Greece’s struggle for independence, Americans supported and fought alongside the Greek people. Together, our two nations continue to strive to advance the principles of liberty, freedom, and democracy. The United States looks forward to celebrating another 200 years of close cooperation and friendship.”
- Recognises the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day.
- Celebrates Ancient Greece as the birthplace of democracy and the enduring commitment of the Greek people to democratic principles.
- Acknowledges the important role that Greece has played on the global stage in addition to the country’s strong relationship with the United States.