Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for Greek Independence Day Parade (2017)

In the joy and fellowship of our celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation and Greek Independence Day, we will gather this year on March 26th for our annual Parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City. I invite all of our parishes in the region to join with us as we honor our legacy of freedom as Greeks and as Americans, and we offer a witness of the heroism and sacrifice of those who engaged in the struggle for liberty.
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Encyclical for Greek Independence Day Parade (2015)

Our annual gathering for the Greek Independence Day Parade is a celebration of our cherished ideals, a commemoration of those who sacrificed for the sake of liberty, and a witness of the strength of our faith and heritage. This year, as you probably know, our Parade will be held on Sunday, March 29, and I invite you to join with us as we march down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York.
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Encyclical for the Greek Independence Day Parade (2014)

In the joy and fellowship of our shared heritage and faith, I invite you to participate in our annual Greek Independence Day Parade. This year’s parade will be held on Sunday, March 30 on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and through a strong and vibrant presence of our Omogeneia, we have a tremendous opportunity to affirm publicly an enduring witness of truth and freedom.
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Encyclical for the Greek Independence Day Parade (2013)

Our parade is a unique witness of both our faith and our Hellenic heritage. As we march together, we will commemorate the struggle of our forefathers and ancestors who made great sacrifices in order to establish freedom in our country after four centuries under foreign occupation. Faith in God, commitment to His will, and awareness of His great power and wisdom inspired our ancestors to stand for liberty, justice, human dignity, and life.
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Encyclical for the Greek Independence Day Parade (2012)

It is with great joy and anticipation for our commemoration of Greek Independence Day that I invite you to participate in our annual parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City, which will be held this year on Sunday, March 25.
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Encyclical - Invitation to the Greek Independence Day Parade in New York (2011)

I ask all of our parishes to plan and facilitate participation in this year’s parade, so that we may come together for a joyous time of fellowship, love and community. I also encourage the participation of our youth and children as we nurture their lives in our faith and heritage. May all of you make every effort to participate in the great event of the parade of March 27.
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Encyclical for Greek Independence Day Parade (2009)

Once again we gather together with joy and excitement as Greek Orthodox Christians to celebrate Greek Independence Day, March 25, 1821, by participating in our annual Greek Independence Day Parade in New York City, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
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Encyclical for the Greek Independence Day Parade in Manhattan (2008)

Each year we have the unique and blessed opportunity to come together in fellowship and brotherhood to celebrate Greek Independence Day, a truly historic occasion for all Hellenes and for all peoples of the world.
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Encyclical for the Greek Independence Day Parade, NYC (2007)

As brothers and sisters in Christ we joyfully anticipate once again the celebration of the Day of Greek Independence through our participation in the annual parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, to which all members of our communities are called.
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Encyclical for the Greek Independence Day Parade (2003)

Each year on the twenty-fifth of March, Orthodox Christians throughout the world come together in the love of Jesus Christ to celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos. For Greek Orthodox Christians, this day takes on added significance, commemorating the heroic struggle of the Greek nation in the year 1821 for freedom, liberty, and independence.
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Greek Independence Day Message to the Faithful (2001)

Assuredly, these annual events are a witness to the intrinsic influence of Hellenism and Orthodoxy upon our identity. They are also a visible manifestation of the power of a substantive legacy and a living faith that not only enabled the preservation of religious expression, language, and a national distinctiveness through centuries of oppression, but also enabled our forbearers to embrace the struggle for freedom and to accept the challenges of independence.
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