After 400 years of occupation and oppression by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire, Greece waged a war of independence on March 25, 1821. The fight lasted eight years until the acceptance of the Treaty of Adrianople, which included Greek independence.
On Wednesday, about a dozen people gathered at Nashua City Hall to observe the 188th anniversary of Greek Independence Day. Community members raised the flag of Greece - with a cross to symbolize the importance of the church and blue and white colors to represent the sea - and sang the national anthem.
"It is a moment full of pride for the Greek nation, celebrating freedom from the Turks," said the Rev. Tom Chininis of St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church.
Mayor Donnalee Lozeau read a proclamation that recognized Greek families and their contribution to the city's culture and heritage.
The group then moved to Hellenic Circle, near Nashua District Court, and laid a wreath at the stone honoring early Greek immigrants who settled in the area and the soldiers who fought for their freedom.
This article appears in the March 13 2009 issue of New Hampshire Business Review