Watch Huge Greek Flag Being Raised in Chicago (video)

Proud Greeks and Greek-Americans gathered this week for the annual flag-raising ceremony in Chicago, shortly before Greek Independence Day on March 25.

This popular flag raising and wreath-laying event took place at the Richard J. Daley Center Plaza in the city’s downtown area.

The Consul General of Greece in Chicago Polyxeni Petropoulou joined hundreds of members of the Greek community at the event which was organized by Enosis Federation Illinois.

The Enosis group described Thursday’s flag raising as a “solemn ceremony [that] pays respect to our ancestors who fought valiantly to secure a Greece free from Ottoman rule”.

“It includes the flag-raising itself, the National Anthems of both the United States and Greece, laying of the wreaths at the Daley Center Eternal Flame, and a program of speakers,” it added.

An honor guard was provided by Hellenic veterans, the Hellenic-American Police Association, local Hellenic dancers and schoolkids.