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Reverend Clergy
Presidents and Esteemed Members of the Parish Councils Beloved Faithful
Holy Metropolis of Chicago

Beloved in the Lord,

We are pleased to announce that the annual Greek Independence Day Parade will be taking place on Sunday, April 17, 2016 beginning at 2:30 PM in Chicago’s historic Greek-Town, on Halsted Street. The time of our annual Parade approaches to celebrate the divine Annunciation and to honor the heroes of 1821, and highlighting the gift of freedom. We need everyone to be present without exception: young and old, parishes, clergy, laity, professors, teachers, entrepreneurs; we need not only marchers but observers to cheer!

As Hellenic-Americans we are the inheritors of a heritage which gave birth to the eternal Ideals of Truth, Freedom, Democracy, Education, and Excellence. Our ancestors embodied these Ideals and thus gave the world the principles necessary to live in freedom and dignity. It is now our obligation to preserve and perpetuate these principles and impart them to future generations as well as to the rest of the civilized world. Let us therefore be vibrant witnesses of our Holy Orthodox Faith as well as of our rich Hellenic Heritage by honoring and celebrating this “dual celebration” of the Feast of the Annunciation and Greek Independence. We look forward to seeing you, your parishioners and members of your parish’s Greek or parochial schools participating in the parade; thus, celebrating our Hellenic Heritage with dignity and pride.

May this Lenten season be spiritually rewarding for you and those entrusted to your spiritual care.

With Paternal Blessings,

Metropolitan IAKOVOS of Chicago