Cicero commemorated Greek Independence Day during a special ceremony on March 30 at Cicero’s Community Center. The event featured Greek cuisine and entertainment as well as recognition of the many contributions to the town by the town’s Greek-American community.
Greek Independence Day celebrates the victory over the Ottoman Empire in the early 19th Century, the first time any nation succeeded in a war against the Middle East empire. Former town Assessor John Kociolko served as the emcee for the event. Jerry Bousis, co-owner of Cermak Produce, donated lunch for the event. Also attending were Greek-American business owners Chris Tambakos of United Grill, Chris Costianis of Dunkin Donuts, Peter and John Evangelou of Citgo Service Station, Louis Raftopoulos of Mr. Submarine, and local businessman John Papagalos.
The commemoration is one of many festivals, ceremonies and events that honor the multicultural makeup of Cicero. These groups include the Czechs and Slovaks, Greeks, Polish, Lithuanians, African Americans, Italians, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, and other Hispanic and Latin American groups that have called and continue to call Cicero home.
“It’s important for us to remember where we’ve come from to call Cicero home,” said Town President Larry Dominick. “Celebrating our heritage helps foster more pride as residents of this community and country.”