US President Barack Obama on Thursday hosted a reception at the White House to mark Greek Independence Day, on March 25. "For generations, Greek Americans have profoundly enriched our national life. They stand as leaders in every field and every part of our society, and their cultural legacy still echoes in classrooms, courtrooms, and communities across our nation,» Obama said in an address to his guests.
The event was attended by, among other dignitaries and leading proponents of the Greek-American community, Archbishop Demetrios of America, Greek Ambassador to the USA Vassilios Kaskarelis and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dimitris Dollis.
"On Greek Independence Day, we commemorate the proud traditions that tie our nations together and honor all those who trace their lineage to the Hellenic Republic. Nearly 200 years after the Greek people won their war to return democracy to their homeland and become a sovereign state, we reaffirm the warm friendship and solidarity that will guide our work together in the years ahead,» the American president said.