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California State Assembly Approves Concurrent Resolution 156 Authored by Assemblymember Diane Papan Declaring March 25, 2024 as Greek Independence Day in California

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SACRAMENTO - The California State Assembly has unanimously passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 156 declaring March 25, 2024, as Greek Independence Day throughout the state. This resolution, authored by Assemblymember Diane Papan, commemorates the 203rd anniversary of Greece's rebellion against Ottoman rule and celebrates the enduring principles of democracy and freedom shared between Greece and the United States.

Greek Independence Day holds profound significance, not only for the Greek community but also for all Californians. It serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage and the remarkable contributions made by Greek Americans to the state's diverse tapestry.

“As we commemorate Greek Independence Day, we honor the bravery and resilience of the Greek people throughout history,” said Papan. “Their struggle for independence and their steadfast commitment to democratic values continue to inspire us."

The resolution acknowledges the pivotal role played by Greece in shaping democratic principles, with the ancient Greeks laying the groundwork for modern democracy. It also highlights the sacrifices made by Greek Americans who have integrated into mainstream society and excelled in various fields, including finance, technology, law, medicine, and the arts.

March 25, 2024, will be observed as "Greek Independence Day: A Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy" across California. This designation reaffirms the enduring friendship and shared values between the United States and Greece, emphasizing the importance of democracy, freedom, and human rights.

The California State Assembly encourages all Californians to join in celebrating Greek Independence Day and to reflect on the profound impact of Greek culture and heritage on the state's identity.