200 years ago, on March 25th, 1821, the Greek Revolutionary Forces raised the standard of the cross and declared that Greece would be free from Ottoman rule. 400 years of agony, suffering, and enslavement under the yoke of a brutal conqueror was about to end.

Inspired by the classical Hellenic standards of Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis, the gallant patriots of 1821 proceeded to show the world that courage was indeed the word of Greek invention and lived their motto of “VICTORY or DEATH” to the fullest.

Greece is the mother country of freedom and knowledge of western culture and democracy, and each of us in the Western World is her child, no matter what our national origin might be.

The Greek War of Independence restored freedom and eventual democracy to the place that gave birth to these concepts.

Battle scene from the Greek War of Independence by Georg Perlberg
Battle scene from the Greek War of Independence by Georg Perlberg

Many Americans contributed their actions and voices to the Greek cause. The Greek-Americans will never forget the names like President James Monroe, President John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and Edward Everett, among others, who so gallantly championed the cause of Greek Freedom in the halls of Congress.


Read also: President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Proclaims March 25, 2021, as Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy

The Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of Greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley, along with the Hellenic Cultural Center of the Southwest and the World Hellenic Diaspora, is presenting the following events in celebration of Greece’s 200 years of independence from 1821:

IDEventMain LanguageMain PresenterDateTime
1Ιστορικός Περίπατος στο Μεσολόγγι των ΗρώωνGreekDr. Alexander KitroevMarch 25, 20211:00 PM
1aΙστορικός Περίπατος στο Μεσολόγγι των Ηρώων - ReplayGreekDr. Alexander KitroevMarch 25, 20217:00 PM
2Έξοδος 1826 - ΤαινίαGreek/EnglishΑντώνης ΣιόπκαςMarch 27, 20217:00 PM
3Ο ρόλος της εκκλησίας στην ΕπανάστασηEnglishΠαύλος Παύλου Καθ. Δημοκρίτειου Παν. ΘράκηςApril 17, 2021TBD
4Η Καταστροφή της Χίου και των Ψαρών και o Φιλελληνισμός της στις ΗΠΑGreekDr. Alexander KitroevApril 24, 20211:00 PM
5H Γεωπολιτική της Επανάστασης για νέουςEnglishΓιάννης Μάζης Καθ. Παν. ΑθηνώνMay 15, 2021TBD
6Ελευθερία ή θάνατος - Οι μεγάλες Θυσίες του ΈθνουςEnglishΠαύλος Παύλου Καθ. Δημοκρίτειου Παν. ΘράκηςMay 29, 2021TBD
7Οι Γυναίκες της επανάστασηςEnglishΔρ. Μαρί ΛιγουριάJune 12, 2021TBD
8Ρήγας ΦεραίοςEnglishDr. Alexandra PecinarJune 24, 202110:00 AM
9Το Ελληνικό Ναυτικό του ΑγώναGreekκ. Παναγιώτη Γέροντα και τη ΔΙΝAugust 21, 20211:00 PM
10450 χρόνια από την ναυμαχία της Ναυπάκτου 1571EnglishProf. Tonis Breidel HatzidemetriouOctober 10, 202110:00 AM
11Ναυμαχία Ναβαρίνου | Ο Άγνωστος Πόλεμος των ΤραγουδιώνEnglishΓεωπολιτικός Αναλυτής Κωστής Λουκόπουλος | Δ. Ναχμίας / Music ArrangerOctober 23, 2021TBD
12Ο πρώτος εορτασμός της 25ης Μαρτίου στην Κατεχόμενη η ΕλλάδαEnglishProf. Emanuel Papadakis / Univ. of HoustonOctober 28, 20216:00 PM
13Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας, Ταινία (*)GreekΓιάννης ΣμαραγδήςDecember 11, 2021TBD
1480 χρόνια από την Μάχη της Κρήτης. Κρήτη 1941 - Το Νησί της ΛεβεντιάςGreekProf. Emanuel Papadakis / Univ. of HoustonMay 21, 20226:00 PM

For more information and links to all the events, please visit: https://www.hcc-sw.org/events/timeline