Greek Orthodox Community of Corona Honors Memory of Greek American Balkan War Veterans on Centennial

ΣΤΗΝ ΜΝΗΜΗ ΤΩΝ ΟΜΟΓΕΝΩΝ ΠΟΥ ΠΟΛΕΜΗΣΑΝ ΣΤΟΥΣ ΒΑΛΚΑΝΙΚΟΥΣ ΠΟΛΕΜΟΥΣ from MGTVUSA on Vimeo.

CORONA, NY – The Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Community of Corona, NY commemorated the centennial of the liberation of Greece’s “New Lands” (Epirus, Macedonia, Northern Aegean Islands, Crete) during the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 with a memorial service for the soldiers who died heroically in the battles to free Greece’s ancient lands, followed by a lecture at the community’s cultural center immediately following the Divine Liturgy on Sun. Nov. 4, 2012. Diplomats representing Greece and Cyprus were in attendance to honor this event, including Cyprus Consul General in NY Koula Sofianou, Greek Consul in NY Evangelos Kyriakopoulos, Military Adviser to the Greek Permanent Mission to the UN Panagiotis Geroglis, Greek Merchant Marine Officer Nicholas Arbouniotis, Fotis Gerasopoulos, an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as well as members of academia and other community institutions.

Peter S. Giakoumis was the keynote speaker, and delivered a lecture entitled: “Greece and the Balkan Wars: An Insight into the Contribution of the Greek American Community.” Mr. Giakoumis is an avid military historian with extensive studies on many different periods of Greek history. Mr. Giakoumis is a former Captain in the New York State Guard- Army Division, a 20 year Federal Law Enforcement Officer, and a Living History practitioner with the Greek Warriors. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science.

In his lecture, Mr. Giakoumis focused on the contribution of the Greek American Community toGreece’s triumphant victory in the Balkan Wars of 1912-13, during which the country doubled in size and population. The event was sponsored by the Greek Saturday School of Transfiguration, with well-known cardiologist Constantine E. Kosmas serving as the master of ceremonies.

During their greetings, the honored guests joined the community’s presiding priest Rev. George Anastasiou and the parish council president Leonidas Korachais in hailing this event because it shed light on a relatively unknown aspect of the Balkan Wars. “I want to welcome you to today’s event, which honors our brothers and sisters inGreece, as well as the Greeks of America, who sacrificed everything – including their lives in some instances – to liberate their homeland,” Rev. Anastasiou noted.

Mr. Giakoumis made his appearance dressed in a military uniform from that era, and made ample use of a video and power point presentation during his lecture to help bring to life the historic data he had collected. “You’re seeing me dressed like this, showing you photos and images from the past, so I ca prove to you that history doesn’t just exist in text books. History is very much alive in our hearts and memories.”

The first part of Mr. Giakoumis’ presentation revolved around the business acumen and work ethic of the first Greek immigrants. “Approximately 350,000 Greeks had arrived in Americafrom the end of the 19th century to 1912, and they worked in all sorts of different jobs. In addition to their traditional role as restaurateurs, Greek immigrants toAmerica worked as shop keepers, hoteliers, businessmen, merchants, and builders. They also worked on railroads, in mines, and in the lumber industry…” Mr. Giakoumis explained.

A large portion of Mr. Giakoumis’ presentation was dedicated to the aid that Greek Americans sent to their Greek homeland once they heard news of the outbreak of the Balkan Wars. “In total, it is estimated that the newly arrived Greek immigrants managed to send over $400,000 – which translates to about $9 million dollars today! During one particular fundraiser inNew York, they managed to raise $20,000, as 5,000 Greek Americans poured into the Amsterdam Opera House and another 1,000 waited outside to aid in the national cause! It should be noted that the average annual salary inAmericaat that time was slightly over $1,000.”

Mr. Giakoumis also focused on the purchase of the destroyer “Nea Genea” by the Greek American Community, which further enhanced the Greek navy. Many historians credit the strength of the Greek navy for the invitation extended toGreeceby its allies to join the Balkan Alliance. This was proven in practice, withGreecewinning all the naval wars on theAegeanand cutting off Ottoman supply lines. Mr. Giakoumis also spoke about the Greek American Community’s purchase of four aircraft to strengthenGreece’s fledgling air force.

The major benefits from the excellent cooperation between the Pan-Hellenic Union, which had over 100 chapters nationwide, Greek consular authorities, the local clergy, Greek American businessmen, and the press laid the groundwork for the Diaspora’s critical support to the Greek cause.

However, the Greek American Community’s contribution was not limited to fundraising alone. An estimated 57,000 Greek Americans went back toGreeceto enlist in the armed forces and fight in the Balkan Wars. “About 1 in 6 Greek Americans from states as far away as Montana, Iowa, Colorado, and Washington went back to fight.”

Greece’s struggle to liberate its ancestral lands managed to touch the heart of American Philhellenes, just as the Greek Revolution did nearly a century before. During his research, Mr. Giakoumis said he discovered that Nobel laureate Jane Adams made the famed Hull House inChicagoavailable to Greek Americans for their military training, while famed U.S. Brigadier General Thomas Hutchison ofTennesseevolunteered to join the Greek army. Following a meeting with Greek prime minister Eleftherios Venizelos, he was given the rank of major. Hutchison, in whose memory Mr. Giakoumis dedicated the power point presentation, wrote a book about his experience fighting in the Balkan Wars, providing valuable historical data to future generations and researchers, and was even wounded during battle.

The third part of Mr. Giakoumis’ presentation involved the veterans of the Balkan Wars who returned toAmericaand continued their heroism by fighting for theU.S.in WWI. He cited the examples of Hercules Korgis, who was decorated by the U.S. and France for his valor in capturing 256 German soldiers during WWI despite being wounded, and George Dilboy, who was the first Greek American to be awarded the medal of honor – the nation’s highest military award.

The presentation ended with a summation by Prof. Christopher Tripoulas, who also serves as director of the Greek Saturday School of Transfiguration. Mr. Tripoulas drew parallels between the pre-1912 era inGreeceand the current situation, citing the default of 1893, the ill-fated War of 1897, and the subsequent placement ofGreeceunder international economic supervision by its creditors. However, despite all these obstacles, he stressed thatGreecemanaged to overcome the odds and experience the glory of 1912. He also noted that the Greek Americans veterans of the Balkan Wars fought not only for their native land, but also continued their struggle in America, fighting for social justice and for their adopted country in WWI, proving that they experienced their Hellenism in its ecumenical sense, and not as nationalism. “These Greeks, who brought over their ideals and values toAmerica, sacrificed themselves for their adopted homeland with the same willingness that they sacrificed themselves for motherGreece, proving themselves to be true global citizens.”

Finally, Mr. Tripoulas noted that it was most fortunate that this event took place on the feast day of St. John Vatatzis, who is traditionally referred to as the legendary “marble king,” whom the Greeks of the post-Byzantine era believed would one day come back to rule over the Roman empire. “The legend, which remains alive for so many centuries now, speaks of how passionate the Greek people are to experience a rebirth and live up to their glorious past, regardless of the difficulties that they face. In the 20th century, the Balkan Wars and the Greek heroism of 1940 were prime examples of this self-sacrifice. However, the same thing can happen today, both inGreece and here in the Diaspora, provided that we emulate our forefathers and show the desire, self-sacrifice, and decisiveness to place the common good ahead of personal interests.”


“Scenes from the presentation entitled “Greece and the Balkan Wars: An Insight into the Contribution of the Greek American Community,” featuring Peter Giakoumis, military historian, as the main speaker. The event was held to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the liberation of Greece’s “New Lands” (Epirus, Macedonia, Thrace, Northern Aegean Islands, and Crete) during the Balkan Wars of 1912-13. Στιγμιότυπα άπὸ τὴν ἐκδήλωση μέ θέμα “Ἡ Ὁμογένεια καὶ ὁ Θρίαμβος τῆς Ἑλλάδος στοὺς Βαλκανικοὺς Πολέμους”, μὲ κύριο ὁμιλητὴ τὸν στρατιωτικὸ ἱστορικὸ κ. Παναγιώτη Γιακουμή. Ἡ ἐκδήλωση διοργανώθηκε ἐπὶ τῆ εὑκαιρίᾳ τῆς ἑκατονταετηρίδος ἀπὸ τὴν ἁπελευθέρωση τῶν “Νέων Χωρῶν” (Ἣπειρος, Μακεδονία, Θράκη, νησιὰ Βορείου Αἰγαίου, Κρήτη) στὴν Ἑλληνικὴ ἐπικράτεια κατὰ τὴν διάρκεια τῶν νικηφόροων γιὰ τὴν Ἑλλάδα Βαλκανικῶν Πολέμων τοῦ 1912-13.”

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Ἡ Ἑλληνικὴ Κοινότητα Κορώνας Τίμησε τὴν Μνήμη τῶν Ὁμογενῶν ποὺ Πολέμησαν στοὺς Βαλκανικοὺς Πολέμους

 

ΚΟΡΩΝΑ, Ν. Ὑόρκη — Ἡ Κοινότητα τῆς Μεταμορφώσεως τοῦ Σωτῆρος στὴν Κορώνα τῆς Ν. Ὑόρκης τίμησε τὴν 100ετηρίδα άπὸ τῆς ἀπελευθερώσεως τῶν Νέων Χωρῶν τῆς Ἑλλάδος κατὰ τοὺς Βαλκανικοὺς Πολέμους τοῦ 1912-13 μὲ τὴν τέλεση μνημοσύνου ὑπὲρ τῶν εὐκλεῶς ἀγωνισαμένων καὶ ἡρωικῶς πεσόντων στρατιωτῶν τῆς Ἑλλάδος καὶ τὴν πραγματοποίηση διάλεξης στὸ πολιτιστικὸ κέντρο τῆς Κοινότητος, ἀμέσως μετὰ τὸ πέρας τῆς Θείας Λειτουργίας, τὴν Κυρ. 4 Νοεμβρίου 2012. Παρόντες στὴν ἑορτὴ ἦταν ἀντιπρόσωποι τοῦ διπλωματικοῦ σώματος Ἑλλάδος καὶ Κύπρου, ὅπως ἡ Γενικὴ Πρόξενος τῆς Κύπρου κα Κούλα Σοφιανοῦ, ὁ Πρόξενος τῆς Ἑλλάδος κ. Εὐάγγελος Κυριακόπουλος, ὁ Στρατιωτικὸς Σύμβουλος τῆς Μονίμου Ἁντιπροσωπείας τῆς Ἑλλάδος στὸν ΟΗΕ κ. Παναγιώτης Γερογλῆς, ὁ Προξενικὸς Λιμενάρχης τῆς Ἑλλάδος κ. Νικόλαος Ὰρμπουνιώτης καὶ ὁ Ἄρχων τοῦ Οἰκουμενικοῦ Θρόνου κ. Φώτιος Γερασόπουλος, καθὼς καὶ ἐκπρόσωποι τοῦ ἀκαδημαϊκοῦ χώρου. Ὁ κύριος ὁμιλητὴς ἦταν ὁ κ. Παναγιώτης Σ. Γιακουμῆς, στρατιωτικὸς ἱστορικὸς μὲ εἰδίκευση στὴν ἱστορία τῆς Ἑλλάδος. Ὁ κ. Γιακουμῆς εἷναι λοχαγὸς ἐ.ἀ. τῆς Πολιτειακῆς Φρουρᾶς τῆς Ν. Ὑόρκης, ἀξιωματοῦχος ὁμοσπονδιακοῦ σώματος ἀσφαλείας τῶν ΗΠΑ καὶ ἐνεργὸ μέλος τοῦ ἐθνικοϊστορικοῦ συλλόγου «Ἕλληνες Μαχητὲς», μὲ μεταπτυχιακὸ τίτλο στὸν χῶρο τῶν πολιτικῶν ἐπιστημῶν.

Ἡ διάλεξη τοῦ κ. Γιακουμῆ εἶχε τίτλο «Ἡ Ὁμογένεια καὶ ὁ Θρίαμβος τῆς Ἑλλάδος στοὺς Βαλκανικοὺς Πολέμους» καὶ ἐξέτασε τὴν συμβολὴ τῆς Ὁμογένειας στοὺς νικηφόρους γιὰ τὴν Ἑλλάδα πολέμους τοῦ 1912-13, ὅπου διπλασιάστηκε ὁ γεωγραφικός της χῶρος καὶ ὁ πληθυσμός της. Συντονιστὴς τῆς ἐκδήλωσης ἧταν ὁ γνωστὸς ὁμογενὴς καρδιολόγος Δρ. Κωνσταντῖνος Ἠ. Κοσμᾶς.

Τόσο οἱ ἐπίσημοι προσκεκλημένοι, ὅσο ὁ ἱερατικῶς προϊστάμενος π. Γεώργιος Ἀναστασίου καὶ ὁ πρόεδρος τῆς Κοινότητος κ. Λεωνίδας Κοραχάης χαιρέτισαν τὴν πραγματοποίηση τῆς ἐκδήλωσης διότι χύνει φῶς σὲ μιὰ σχετικὰ ἄγνωστη πτυχὴ τῶν Βαλκανικῶν Πολέμων. «Σᾶς καλωσορίζω στὴν σημερινὴ ἐκδήλωση, ἡ ὁποία διοργανώνεται ἀπὸ τὴν διεύθυνση τοῦ Ἑλληνικοῦ Σχολείου μας. Σκοπός μας εἶναι νὰ τιμήσουμε τὰ ἀδέλφια μας στἡν Ἑλλάδα, ἀλλὰ καὶ τοὺς ἐδῶ Ὁμογενεῖς οἱ ὁποῖοι δὲν φείστηκαν οὔτε τὸ βιός τους, οὔτε τὴν ζωή τους τὴν ἴδια», τόνισε ὁ π. Γεώργιος.

Ντυμένος μὲ στρατιωτικὴ στολὴ τῆς ἐποχῆς ἐκείνης, ο κ. Γιακουμῆς χρησιμοποίησε βίντεο καὶ ψηφιακὴ παρουσίαση γιὰ τὴν διάλεξή του, ὥστε νὰ μεταφέρει εἰκόνες, φωτογραφίες, ἔγγραφα καὶ ἄλλα ἱστορικὰ κειμήλια στὸ ἀκροατήριο μὲ τρόπο ἐναργέστερο καὶ ἀμεσότερο. «Μὲ βλέπετε ντυμένο ἔτσι, παρουσιάζοντάς σας φωτογραφίες καὶ εἰκόνες ἀπὸ τὸ παρελθόν, γιὰ νὰ σᾶς ἀποδείξω ὅτι ἡ ἱστορία δὲν ὑπάρχει μόνον στὰ βιβλία. Εἶναι ζωντανὴ μέσα στὶς καρδιές μας καὶ στὶς μνῆμες μας».

Ἄρχισε τὴν ὁμιλία του ἀναφερόμενος στὸ Ἑλληνικὸ δαιμόνιο τῶν πρώτων μεταναστῶν. «Οἱ περίπου 350,000 χιλιάδες Ἕλληνες ποὺ εὑρίσκοντο στὴν Ἀμερικὴ ἀπὸ τὰ τέλη τοῦ 19ου αἰώνα μέχρι τὸ 1912 ἐργάστηκαν σὲ διάφορα ἐπαγγέλματα, ὅπως ἐστιάτορες, μαγαζάτορες, ξενοδόχοι, ἐπιχειρηματίες, ἔμποροι, κτίστες. Δούλεψαν σὲ ἐργοτάξια, στὸν σιδηρόδρομο, στὰ ὀρυχεῖα, στὴν ξυλεία…», ἐξήγησε ὁ κ. Γιακουμῆς

Ἕνα μεγάλο μέρος τῆς παρουσίασης εἶχε ἀναφορὰ στὴν συλλογὴ χρημάτων ἀπὸ τοὺς Ὀμογενεῖς γιὰ τὴν Ἑλλάδα, μόλις ξέσπασε ὁ πόλεμος. «Συνολικά, ὑπολογίζεται ὅτι οἱ νεοαφιχθέντες ἐκεῖνοι μετανάστες κατάφεραν καὶ συγκέντρωσαν $400,000 –  περὶ τῶν $9 εκατ. μὲ τὴν σημερινή τους ἀξία! Σὲ ἕνα μόνο ἔρανο στὴν Ν. Ὑόρκη, μαζεύτηκαν $20,000, ἀπὸ 5,000 παρόντες καὶ ἄλλους 1,000 ποὺ περίμεναν ἔξω ἀπὸ τἠν Λυρικὴ Σκηνὴ στὴν Λεωφόρο Ἄμστερνταμ γιὰ νὰ συνεισφέρουν στὸν ἀγῶνα! Νὰ σημειωθεῖ ὅτι ὁ μέσος ὄρος ἐτησίου μισθοῦ ἀνερχόταν τὴν ἐποχὴ ἐκείνη σὲ $1,000», τόνισε ὁ κ. Γιακουμῆς.

Ἀναφέρθηκε ἀκόμη στὴν ἀγορὰ τοῦ ἀντιτορπιλλικοῦ «Νέα Γενιά» ἀπὸ τοῦς ὁμογενεῖς τῆς Ἀμερικῆς κατὰ τὴν ἴδια περίοδο, γιὰ τὴν ἐνίσχυση τοῦ ἑλληνικοῦ ναυτικοῦ, χάρις τοῦ ὀποίου ἠττήθηκαν οἱ Τούρκοι κατὰ κράτος στὸ Αἰγαῖο Πέλαγος καὶ ἐντάχθηκε ἡ Ἑλλάδα στὴν Βαλκανικὴ Συμμαχία. Ὁ κ. Γιακουμῆς ἀναφέρθηκε καὶ στὴν ἀγορὰ τεσσάρων ἀεροπλάνων ἀπὸ τὴν Ὁμογένεια, πρὸς ἐνίσχυσιν τῆς νεοσυσταθείσας πολεμικῆς ἀεροπορίας.

«Τὰ σημαντικὰ ὀφέλη ἀπὸ τὴν ἀγαστὴ συνεργασία μεταξὺ τῆς ‘Πανελλήνιας Ενώσεως’, μὲ πάνω ἀπὸ 100 τμήματα ἀνὰ τὴν Ἀμερική, τῶν προξενικῶν ἀρχῶν, τοῦ τοπικοῦ κλήρου, τῶν ἐπιχειρηματιῶν καὶ τοῦ τύπου ἔθεσαν τὶς βάσεις γιὰ τὴν πρωτόγνωρη αὐτὴ ἐνίσχυση τῆς Ἑλλάδος ἀπὸ τὴν Διασπορά».

Ὅμως, ἡ συμβολὴ τῶν ὁμογενῶν δὲν ἀρκέστηκε μόνο στὴν ἀποστολὴ οἰκονομικῆς βοήθειας. 57,000 χιλιάδες ὁμογενεῖς μετανάστες κατετάγησαν στὸν ἑλληνικὸ στρατό. «Περίπου 1 στοὺς 6 ὁμογενεῖς, ἀκόμη καὶ ἀπὸ ἀπόμακρες πολιτεῖες ὅπως Μοντάνα, Αϊόβα καὶ Κολοράντο πῆγαν καὶ πολέμησαν», ἀνέφερε ὀ κ. Γιακουμῆς.

Ὁ ἀγώνας τῆς Ἑλλάδος δὲν ἄφησε ἀσυγκίνητους οὔτε τοὺς φιλέλληνες τῆς Ἀμερικῆς. Σύμφωνα μὲ τὴν ἔρευνα τοῦ κ. Γιακουμῆ, ἡ νομπελίστρια Τζέιν Ἄνταμς παραχώρησε τὸν χῶρο Hull House στὸ Σικάγο γιὰ τὴν στρατιωτικὴ ἐκπαίδευση τῶν ὁμογενῶν, ἐνῶ ὁ Ἀμερικανὸς Ταξίαρχος Θωμᾶς Χάτσισον ἀπὸ τὴν πολιτεία Tennessee κατατάγεται στὸν ἑλληνικὸ στρατὸ ὡς ἐθελοντὴς, μετὰ ἀπὸ συνάντηση μὲ τὸν πρωθυπουργὸ Ἐλευθέριο Βενιζέλο, ὁ ὁποῖος τοῦ ἀπένειμε τὸ ἀξίωμα τοῦ ταγματάρχη. Ὁ Χάτσισον, στὴν μνήμη τοῦ ὁποίου ὁ κ. Γιακουμῆς ἀφιέρωσε τὴν παρουσίασή του, ἔγραψε βιβλίο γιὰ τὶς ἐμπειρίες του στὸν ἑλληνικὸ στρατό, ἀφήνοντας πολύτιμὲς ἱστορικὲς πληροφορίες, καὶ τραυματίστηκε κατὰ τὴν διάρκεια τοῦ πολέμου.

Στὸ τρίτο μέρος τῆς παρουσίασής του, ὁ κ. Γιακουμῆς ἀναφέρθηκε στοὺς ἀπόμαχους ὁμογενεῖς τῶν Βαλκανικῶν πολέμων, οἱ ὁποῖοι ἐπέστρεψαν στὶς ΗΠΑ καὶ συνέχισαν τὸν ἡρωισμό τους ὡς στρατιῶτες τῶν ΗΠΑ στὸν Α΄ ΠΠ. Στάθηκε ἰδιαιτέρως στὶς περιπτώσεις τοῦ Ἡρακλῆ Κοργκῆ, ὁ ὁποῖος βραβεύθηκε ἀπὸ τὶς ΗΠΑ καὶ τὴν Γαλλία γιὰ τὴν αἰχμαλωσία 256 Γερμανῶν στρατιωτῶν, καίτοι τραυματίας, καὶ τοῦ Γεωργίου Διλβόη, ὁ ὁποῖος κέρδισε τὴν ὑψηλότερη στρατιωτικὴ ἀναγνώριση τῶν ΗΠΑ – τὸ μετάλλιο τῆς τιμῆς – ὅταν θυσιάστηκε στὸν Α΄ ΠΠ γιὰ νὰ σώσει τὸν λόχο του.

Κλείνοντας τὴν ἡμερίδα, ὁ ἀκαδημαϊκὸς καὶ διευθυντὴς τοῦ Ἑλληνικοῦ Σχολείου τῆς Μεταμορφώσεως κ. Χριστόφορος Τριπουλᾶς ἔκανε ἕναν παραλληλισμὸ ἀνάμεσα τῆς πρὸ 1912 ἐποχῆς στὴν Ἑλλάδα καὶ τῆς σημερινῆς κατάστασης (χρεοκοπία του 1893, στρατιωτικὴ ἦττα τοῦ 1897, ἐπιβολὴ Διεθνοῦς Οἰκονομικοῦ Ἐλέγχου), ἀλλὰ τόνισε ὅτι ἡ Ἑλλάδα κατάφερε νὰ ξεπεράσει ὅλες τὶς ἀντιξοότητες καὶ νὰ μεγαλουργήσει πάλι τὸ 1912. Τόνισε, ἐπίσης, ὅτι  τὸ γεγονὸς ὅτι οἱ ὁμογενεῖς Βαλκανιομάχοι πολέμησαν τόσο γιὰ τὴν μητέρα πατρίδα τους, ὅσο καὶ γιὰ τὰ κοινωνικὰ ἀγαθὰ καὶ τὴν ἐλευθερία καὶ ἀργότερα, ὅταν ἐπέστρεψαν στὶς ΗΠΑ, ἀποδεικνύει ὅτι βίωναν τὴν ἑλληνικότητά τους ὡς οἰκουμενικὴ ἀξία καὶ ὅχι ὡς ἐθνικισμό. «Οἱ Ἕλληνες αὐτοί, ποὺ μετέφεραν τὰ ἰδανικὰ καὶ τὶς ἀξίες τους στὴν Ἀμερικὴ καὶ θυσιάστηκαν γιὰ τὴν δεύτερη πατρίδα τους μὲ τὴν ἴδια προθυμία ποὺ θυσιάστηκαν καὶ γιὰ τὴν Ἑλλάδα, ἦταν κοσμοπολίτες».

Τέλος, ὁ κ. Τριπουλᾶς, παρατήρησε ὅτι ἦταν καλὸς οἱωνὸς ποὺ ἡ ἐκδήλωση πραγματοποιήθηκε ἀνήμερα τῆς ἑορτῆς τοῦ Ἰωάννου Βατάτζη, ὁ ὁποῖος ταυτίζεται μὲ τὸ πρόσωπο τοῦ θρυλικοῦ μαρμαρωμένου βασιλιά. «Ὁ θρῦλος αὐτός, ὁ ὁποῖος παραμένει ζωντανὸς γιὰ τόσους αἰῶνες, ἀποδεικνύει τὸ πάθος τῶν Ἑλλήνων νὰ ἀναγεννοῦνται καὶ νὰ ἀναμετροῦνται μὲ τὴν δόξα καὶ τὸ μεγαλεῖο τοῦ χθες, ἀνεξάρτητα ἀπὸ τὸ μέγεθος τῶν προκλήσεων ἢ τὸν ἀριθμὸ τῶν δυσκολιῶν. Στὸν 20ο αἰῶνα, κορυφαῖες στιγμὲς αὐτῆς τῆς αὐθυπέρβασης ὑπῆρξαν οἱ Βαλκανικοὶ Πόλεμοι καὶ τὸ ἔπος τοῦ ’40. Τὸ ἴδιο μπορεῖ νὰ γίνει καὶ σήμερα, τόσο στὴν Ἑλλάδα ὅσο καὶ στὴν Ὁμογένεια, φτάνοι νὰ δείξουμε ὡς Ἕλληνες τὴν θέληση, τὴν αὐτοθυσία καὶ τὴν ἀποφασιστικότητα νὰ προτάξουμε τὸ καλὸ τοῦ συνόλου ἔναντι τοῦ προσωπικοῦ ὀφέλους, ὅπως ἔκαναν οἱ πρόγονοί μας».

 

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