Federation Announces Dance Fundraiser

A fundraising dinner dance to sponsor the parade has been scheduled for January 13, 2018 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Upper Darby, PA. The proceeds will be used to cover the annual expenses which continue to grow from year to year. The entire community is encouraged to attend and participate to help continue this tradition.  

Federation October 2017 Meeting

Please join us for our monthly meeting and/or send representatives from your church/society. The meeting will be held at the Pontian Society “Akritai” Clubhouse on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 6:30 pm. If you like to include any other topic for discussion to the agenda, please email the president at least one day before the meeting. We look forward to … Continued

4th Annual Greek Heritage Night event at the Citizens Bank Park

Please join us and support the 4th Annual Greek Heritage Night event at the Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies vs. St Louis Cardinals. The game is on Tuesday, June 20 at 7:05 pm. You may find game and presentation details in the flyer below. Please disseminate to your members, friends and baseball fans. We will be glad to see you … Continued

Federation June 2017 Meeting

Our last meeting before the summer vacations will be held at the Pontian Akritai Society (6456 Market St, Upper Darby, PA 19082) on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 7:00 pm. As every year in June meeting, we have our elections for the Federation officers and board of directors. So, this meeting is important and please join us by sending at … Continued

First Philoxenia Program Trip to Greece

The General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad is accepting applications for its first Philoxenia Program Trip to Greece aimed to further enhance the bonds between twenty (20) U.S. and Canadian students of Greek descent and their country of origin. The trip will take place July 24 – through August 2, 2017.

Federation May 2017 Meeting

Dear members and friends of the Federation CHRISTOS ANESTI! I hope you are all doing well and you had a wonderful Easter! I would like to inform you that our scheduled May meeting will be held at the Pontian Akritai Society (6456 Market St, Upper Darby, PA 19082) on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm. With the 2017 Independence … Continued

Panagiotis Rozanitis passes away

On April 13, 2017, Panagiotis Rozanitis passed away. He was the beloved father of Demetrios Rozanitis, Past President and former Parade chair of our Federation for many years. Our own Demetrios Rozanitis has been in Greece tending to his parents during the past few months. To all of us that know and love Jimmy, the Federation makes this announcement with … Continued

Greek Independence Day Celebrations Continued at St. Demetrios

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox in Upper Darby PA hosted the post parade festivities on Sunday. Following the Greek Independence Day Parade, the Greek community gathered in the church hall for a series of dance performances and presentations.

Mayor Thomas Micozzie of Upper Darby welcomed the attendees to Upper Darby, the gateway community to the suburbs of Philadelphia, where a long Greek history lives on today. He shared the story of the Greeks as being one of the immigrant communities and their continued presence in a community that shares some 60 plus cultures now. “First there were the Germans, Irish and Italians. Then came the Greeks, who have made Upper Darby their home,” said McCozzie.

Thank you for participating in this year’s Greek Independence Day Parade

Dear friends and members of the Federation, On behalf of the Federation and myself, I would like to thank each and every one of you for participating in this year’s parade and showing our Hellenic pride. It took a lot of effort to put together this Parade, and I hope that we will all keep some nice memories. The beautiful … Continued

Hellenic Pride along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

It was blue and white and seen all over the world, live on the internet for the first time. Here in Philadelphia, the Greek Independence Day Parade celebrating the 196th Anniversary of Greek Independence marched down Benjamin Franklin Parkway and radiated Hellenic pride.

Thousands of Greek-Americans flooded the City of Brotherly Love to participate and see the world-famous Presidential Guard, the Evzones, from Greece. With City Hall in the distance at one end and the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the other, the parade kicked off with a short ceremony under the Greek flag. Dignitaries, honored guests, and the marchers joined together to celebrate and remember the War of Independence that liberated the Hellenes from under the tyrannical yoke of the Ottoman Empire.

As it happens: Greek Independence Day Parade

Greek Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia WATCH AS IT HAPPENS LIVE!The 2017 Greek Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia USA Posted by Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of Philadelphia on Sunday, April 2, 2017

Demosthenes Vasiliou Awarded Eleftheria Medal at Greek Independence Day Dinner

Last night at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, the Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley presented the Eleftheria Medal to Demosthenes Vasiliou for his years of dedicated service to community and Hellenism.

Following the national anthems of Greece and the United States, Nikolaos Spiliotis, President of the Federation, welcomed the guests from around the United States and the community. Many of them remarked about this special evening. Konstantinos Koutras, Consul General of Greece in New York said, “it was very moving to see this well known Greek, Demo Vasiliou recognized. I was surprised to see how this secret, the awarding of the Eleftheria Medal was kept until the last moment,” added Koutras.

Consul General of Greece Koutras Speaks with Philadelphia’s Greek Community

Like a town hall meeting, the voices of the Greek community of Philadelphia were heard today. Greek-American representatives from the metropolitan area got a chance to sit down with Consul General of Greece Dr. Konstantinos Koutras.

The two-hour meeting this morning at the Sheraton got folks acclimated with Koutras who has been at his post for one year. Koutras shared details on his administration in NY and how they could accommodate Greeks in the region. The meet and greet was an open platform for Philadelphia’s Greeks also to ask questions and be part of dialogue that can build a future relationship with both Greece and the consulate general. Koutras expressed great interest in making additional visits to Philadelphia and other diaspora areas.

Flag Raising Ceremony at Philadelphia’s City Hall

On a rainy Friday afternoon, Greek-Americans from around the region visited City Hall in Philadelphia for the Greek Independence Day Weekend flag raising ceremony. A proclamation given by the city of Philadelphia announced the historic weekend that was sponsored by the Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley.

Greece’s Presidential Guard made its second appearance in two years as they marched into the reception hall on the second floor, followed by the Pontian Akritai of Philadelphia Dance Troupe. Led by Lieutenant Panagiotis Karkatzoulis, the Evzones stood tall against a wall of portraits. Many of the figures were famed historical figures in the making of Philadelphia and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

A Salute to Our Evzones

A great sense of pride overcame the Wilmington Greek community yesterday that filled their church gymnasium in anticipation for the arrival of the Greek Presidential Guard. Dignitaries, dancers, and guests looked on as the Evzones marched in. Four of the members were dressed in regional folk attire to show the variety of Greece military garb, while the others came in suits.

George Rassias of Holy Trinity introduced the 12 members of the Presidential Guard who have been in the United States for several weeks making appearances and performing at Greek Independence Day ceremonies from Tarpon Springs, Florida to New York City.

“This is an opportunity for our kids to touch and be part of living history. It’s a great moment for all us to celebrate and share,” said Rassias. The origins of the traditional uniform that the Evzones wear are closely tied to Greek military history. In fact, the term can be traced all the way back to Homer’s time, which indicates that the Evzone soldiers were present in some capacity in Ancient Greece. Today, the Evzones take on a ceremonial role. One of their primary duties is to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens. In many ways, their role is a symbolic one, and their uniform is the very embodiment of Greece’s military legacy.

Presidential Proclamation – Greek Independence Day: a National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2017

GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY: A NATIONAL DAY OF CELEBRATION OF GREEK AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, 2017 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION This year marks the 196th anniversary of Greek independence. Greek and American democracy are forever intertwined. American patriots built our Republic on the ancient Greeks’ groundbreaking idea that the people should decide their political fates. … Continued

Happy Greek Independence Day

Dear friends and members of the Federation, As of today, 196 years ago, Greeks stood up against the Ottoman Empire and revived Hellenism after almost 400 years of oppression. Despite their non-existent military infrastructure, limited resources and size, our forefathers revolted against the tyrants. With love and respect to the ideal of freedom, they succeeded in liberating Greece and delivering … Continued

March Meeting Rescheduled

Join us for the next meeting by sending at least two representatives from your parish/society. The meeting will be held at the Pontian Akritai Society (6456 Market St, Upper Darby, PA 19082) on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 7:00 pm.

Federation Announces Grand Marshal of Parade

The Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that Dimitrios Halakos of Wilmington Delaware would be the Grand Marshall of the Greek Independence Day parade.

Mr. Demitrios Halakos has resided in Delaware since emigrating to the United States from Greece in 1985, after having received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from T.E.I. in Patras. He is a founder and principal of Halakos Management and various subsidiaries consisting of real estate holdings in several states and restaurant/entertainment enterprises. Halakos is a former member of the Parish Council of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington, and he currently serves on its investment committee.

Federation February 2017 Special Meeting

Getting closer to the Greek Independence Day, we call a special meeting to discuss all open issues about the upcoming celebratory events. Please join us for this special meeting by sending at least two representatives from your church/society at Evangelismos of Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church Hall, 6501 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149, on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 7:00 pm. … Continued

Evzones at the Greek Independence Day Parade 2017 in Philadelphia

We are pleased to announce that for once again this year, we are privileged to host the Presidential Guard of Greece for one week. All costs for their stay and entertainment are raised solely by the Parade Committee who are all volunteers. Your contribution will assure that the Greek Evzones line the Ben Franklin Parkway, banners span the streets, viewing stands are built, the parade is promoted, parade programs are printed, and city permits are obtained. We need your help.

Countdown to the Greek Independence Day Celebrations 2017

2017 Independence Day Parade will take place on Sunday, April 2nd at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. All necessary information is attached. Please fill out the attached Information Sheet and return as instructed. We will keep you up-to-date about the details of the festivities and anything that hasn’t been determined so far.

Federation February 2017 Meeting

Please join us for our monthly meeting by sending at least two representatives from your church/society. The meeting is hosted by Dena Verikakis at Pizza Peddler, Route 926 & Route 202, West Chester, PA 19382 on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 7:00 pm.