Norwich celebrates Greek Independence Day – Norwich Bulletin

A small but joyful gathering of people of Greek ancestry and many other nationalities paid their respects as the Greek flag was raised with the American flag Friday to celebrate the 201st anniversary of Greek independence.
“It’s an honor to raise the flag to honor my ancestors for what they accomplished coming to this country with nothing and making a success out of their lives,” said Norwich’s George Grossomanides, who helped raise the flag with Norwich Community Development Corporation Director Kevin Brown at Norwich City Hall. “It’s all about America and the land of the free.” 
The event was held by Global City Norwich, which plans several more festivities in coming months.
Helen Sakellarides of Norwich, who had just returned from Greece visiting her children, said her parents were born in Greece. She was born in Norwich but went back to Greece and got married, returning to American in 2012.
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“I’m here because it’s a big holiday, it’s Independence Day,” she said Friday.
Speakers included Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom, Father Demetrios Panteloukas of The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Norwich, Suki Lagrito, Global City of Norwich Liaison, and Greek descendant John Grossomanides of Westerly, R.I.
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Global City Norwich is planning on doing a Ukrainian flag raising on August 25. Lagrito said there are also talks of holding a prayer circle for Ukraine in front of Norwich City Hall.
“We are going to do whatever it is we can to help with those efforts,” Lagrito said.
Here are some of the flag raising and downtown festival events coming up:
Bulletin reporter Matthew Grahn contributed to this story.


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