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Baltimore Celebrated the 76th Anniversary of the Dodecanese Unification to Greece

NEW YORK, NY – GreekNews USA [Photos: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of NJ]

On Sunday, March 10, 2024, Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey visited the St. Nicholas Community in Baltimore’s Greektown in Maryland as the parish hosted a commemoration of the 76th Anniversary of the Unification of the Dodecanese Islands with Greece.

In his sermon, His Eminence spoke on the significance of the Gospel reading of the final judgment and how the Gospel emphasizes the necessity for us to have love and compassion for all people in the world. He also spoke of the sadness, pain and devastation that war brings, and emphasized the importance of our prayers for peace in the world.

Following the Divine Liturgy, the parish youth dressed in traditional costumes from the Dodecanese Islands processed into the church as His Eminence offered a Doxology in remembrance of this historic anniversary.

Joining His Eminence for the Divine Liturgy and Doxology were dignitaries from throughout the region, including the Ambassador of Greece to the United States, Ekaterini Nasika; the Consul of Cyprus, Constantinos Constantinou; and military attaches from the diplomatic missions of Greece and Cyprus: Colonel Panagiotis Vlahopoulos, Colonel Andreas Andreou, as well as the President of AHI, Nick Larigakis.

The celebration continued at the Greektown Square “The Plateia” with the participation of hundreds of dedicated Hellenes from throughout the greater Baltimore area.

Throughout the afternoon the children of the St. Nicholas Greek School offered beautiful Greek poems and songs, while the youth from the Panhellenic Dance Group, St. Nicholas Hellenic Golden Coins, Rhodian Society “Diagoras” Dance Troupe Performance, and Karpathian Dance Troupe “Anagenesis Olympou” offered traditional Greek Dances to mark the auspicious occasion.

Ambassador Ekaterini Nasika and Consul Constantinos Constantinou offered touching remarks on the history and importance of the Unification of the Dodecanese Islands with motherland Greece.

In his celebratory speech, His Eminence, who hails from the Dodecanese island of Rhodes, spoke on the importance of this event, as it offers us the opportunity to celebrate and preserve our Greek culture, while recognizing the beauty and unique heritage of the Dodecanese Islands. In addition, he offered his deepest gratitude to the Chairman of the event, George Comninos, and the President of St. Nicholas Parish Council, Stamatia Ieromonahos for their tremendous efforts to ensure the success of this most beautiful event.