City of San Jose marks March 25 with the 16th Annual Greek Flag Raising Event

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), the Daughters of Penelope (DOP), and the Maids of Athena (MOA) gathered on March 25 to commemorate the 203rd Anniversary of Greek Independence with a special Greek Flag-Raising Ceremony at San Jose City Hall Plaza.

Hosted by Councilmember Pam Foley of District 9, the event included His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, DOP Grand Governor Zone IV Linda Belba, DOP District 21 Governor Alicia Frangos, and AHEPA District 21 Governor Chris Frangos.

In his address, Metropolitan Gerasimos reflected on the significance of the event, stating: “We stand here today, prepared to raise high the flag of the United States, a country founded on democracy which was given to us by the ancient Greeks, and also honour the people of Greece by saluting their majestic blue and white flag. As we gather in unity to honour the bravery of our forefathers in their fight for independence, let us also call to mind the many struggles for freedom that still exist in our world. We must be vigilant in prayer for peace, for safekeeping, and for the protection of God’s beautiful creation that surrounds us. We all need to do our part, and like when a single pebble is thrown into the water, the ripples that are created spread far and wide. Thus it should be for us as we seek to live in a world of harmony and unity.”


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