U.S. Secretary Kerry on the Occasion of Greek Independence Day


United States Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement highlighting the “shared values” of Greece and the U.S. on the occasion of the 149th anniversary of Greek Independence. Read the full statement below:

“On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Greece on the 194th anniversary of your independence.

Our two nations are united by shared values like democracy, freedom, and liberty; all first articulated in the agoras of ancient Greece.

As NATO Allies and transatlantic partners, we have fought for these values against all threats to our ways of life, including the forces of tyranny, fascism, and terrorism.

Men and women from Athens to Kalamata have also forged a rich tradition on American soil, including in my home state of Massachusetts. Thousands of Greek-Americans raise their families in my hometown of Boston. They helped build American industry in the factories of Lowell along the Merrimack River. And they’ve strengthened our democracy as elected officials, having occupied the Governor’s suite in the State House and the U.S. Senate seat I once held in Washington, D.C.

On this joyous occasion, I wish all people of Greece peace and a return to prosperity.




  1. Meaningless cannned speeches. He uses essentially the same speech for every country… including Skopians.

    In practice Kerry is no friend of Greece. Had he been a friend of Greece he would not have looked the other way as Vardar Yugoslavians bizarrely try to usurp our very identity.

    • Phil

      Why are you trying to wage ethnic cleansing on the Macedonians? You need to respect the rights of other ethnic groups. Macedonia in the Ancient times was once part of Greece but today Macedonia is an independent state. Greece needs to stop being the bully in the Balkans. Greece needs to start treating everyone around them as equals.

      • They can have their own peice of land, no doubt, but the issue being brought up by Phil is that these people are trying to usurp a history that is not theirs whilst also degrading Greece, Greeks and it’s history.

        Your comment is very ignorant. Turkey is also the biggest bully in the region. Can’t deny that.

      • The better question is why are you trying to commit GENOCIDE against Greeks? Calling Skopians “Macedonians” is implicit denial of Greek ethnic identity.

        Tell your persecution games to the morons that ridiculously called obvious slavs “ethnic” Macedonians

      • How about you get a life beyond ethnic harassing of Greeks troll?
        Seem to be having memory problems “Turkish nationalist”.

        ‘We are not related to the northern Greeks who produced leaders like Philip and Alexander the Great. We are a Slav people and our language is closely related to Bulgarian Gyordan Veselinov, FYROM Ambassador to Canada, Ottawa Citizen Newspaper, February 24 1999

        “We do not claim to be descendants of Alexander the Great.” – FYROM’s Ambassador to US Ljubica Acevshka, Jan 22 1999

      • Macedonia is not an independent state, if you look at the geographical and political states within Greece, Macedonia one of them. Greece has the largest part of the area always known since ancient times as Macedonia, then Bulgaria has the next largest part. The Bulgarians don’t agree with Vardarians either !! The smaller territory that the Yugoslavs reside has no right to claim itis the only Macedonia !!! All of the tombstones of our ancestors in Macedonia are written in Greek – not some slavo-turko-bulgarian language. As a Greek I can read these inscriptions. Can anyone in Vardar Yugoslavia tell me what they say ?? Maybe try some simple properly descriptive name – North Vardar.

      • I realize trying to ethnic cleanse Greeks is hard wired into you from a young age but surely there are other websites for you to troll no?

      • Wrong!!!
        The Southern part of Macedonia under the King Phillips decided to join and become a part of the Hellenic Republic, nobody forced him to do so!!!
        Now the Northern part says all the bull you can imagine!!!

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