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3/21/2014 Greek Independence Day event set for State House March 25
STATE HOUSE – The anniversary of Greek Independence Day will be celebrated at the State House on Tuesday, March 25.

This will be the 22nd consecutive year that festivities honoring Greek Independence Day, March 25, have been held at the State House under the sponsorship of Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich).

The State House event recognizing the 193rd anniversary of Greek Independence Day will begin with a presentation in the Senate chamber at 4 p.m. that will include an invocation by the Rev. Dr. Philip Zymaris of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Pawtucket.

The Honorable Ifigenia Kanara, Consul General of Greece, will offer brief remarks to the Senate after being accompanied to the chamber by President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed.
Other dignitaries in attendance will include Fr. Andrew George of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Cranston and the Rev. Dr. George Economou of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Newport.

The Independence Day anniversary will also be recognized in the House of Representatives, where Father George will offer the opening prayer.

Following the ceremonies in the Senate and House chambers, a program will be held in the Governor’s State Room, beginning at about 4:30 p.m., that will include remarks offered by Rhode Island officials, Consul General Kanara and William Kapos, President and CEO of Excellent Coffee Company of Pawtucket, who will bring greetings from the mayors of cities and towns representing the Hellenic Community as well as the New England Federation of Hellenic Societies.

Nicholas Lazares, CEO of Admirals Bank in Boston, will be the keynote speaker at the State Room reception. There will also be poems and musical selections offered by children from the various Greek Orthodox churches.

A reception will be held beginning at 5:45 p.m. at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 97 Walcott Street, Pawtucket, where refreshments, Greek foods and pastries, will be served.
The events are open to the public.

For more information, contact:
Randall T. Szyba, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2457