On March 25, 2021, landmark buildings and bridges around the United States will light up in the white and blue of the Greek flag in commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence.

The iconic pillars at LAX, the city of Los Angeles’ international airport, will be illuminated in the colors of Greece on the day and the Greek flag will also be raised at the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.

Other buildings and areas which will also be illuminated to show respect for the Greek Bicentennial are the Richards/I-5 underpass, the Capitol Mall, the K street Tunnel, City College Pedestrian Bridge, Memorial Auditorium and the McKinley Underpass.

The initiative for the illuminations belongs to the United Hellenic American Societies (UHAS) representing Greek Americans in California and the efforts of Taso Zografos, the President of the United Hellenic American Societies of Northern California (UHAS).

“Our Greek community in California is working together in unison to pay tribute to those who stood up to tyranny, sacrificed their lives in the fight against oppression, and bravely liberated Greece from occupation” said UHAS President Taso Zografos.

“Hellenes and Philhellenes around the world continue to stand united in defense of freedom and liberty for all.”

Greek flag to fly for one week at South San Francisco City Hall

The UHAS has also received word that the Greek Flag will be raised for the duration of an entire week at South San Francisco City Hall and Fresno City Hall.

The Santa Monica Pier’s “Pacific Wheel” will also have a special, evening-long Light Show for Greek Independence Day on the 25th.

The office of the Lieutenant Governor of California, Eleni Kounalakis, also assured organizers that the Greek flag will also raised at the State Capitol.

According to Greece’s Consul General Stratos Efthymiou in Boston, five iconic bridges across the state of Massachusetts, including the cable-stay Zakim Bridge, will be illuminated with the colors of Greece in celebration of Greece’s independence as well.

Iconic Bridges of New England to Glow Blue and White on March 25

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, in an effort to honor Greece and the Greek-American community, will also illuminate bridges in Lowell, Worcester and Fall River, while other illuminations of public buildings and town halls will take place around the state.

Manchester, New Hampshire will also illuminate the town hall and plans are underway for the illumination of the gigantic Pisacataqua River Bridge which links the states of New Hampshire and Maine.

Thanks are especially due, Efthymiou says, to Worcester Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito in the effort to recognize and celebrate the Greek bicentennial and the contributions of Greek-Americans to the state of Massachusetts.

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