Cicero’s Greek community pulled out all the stops for its annual Greek Independence Day Ceremony on April 11. The Community Center event showcased the many Greek business and community leaders who have contributed to Cicero’s success and included a large spread of meats, vegetables, fruits and other treats.
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.
“It’s important for us to remember where we’ve come from to call Cicero home,” said Town President Larry Dominick. “Celebrating Greek heritage helps foster pride among those who have been such an asset to our town, just as much as it helps us be mindful of our rich cultural diversity.”