Ο λόγος του Θεόδωρου Κολοκοτρώνη στην Πνύκα

Ο λόγος που έβγαλε ο Κολοκοτρώνης ανεβασμένος στα βράχια της Πνύκας, όπως στα παλιά τα χρόνια τόσοι τρανοί ρήτορες στους Αθηναίους, στέκεται η πνευματική διαθήκη του ήρωα στο Έθνος. Ο λόγος του αγράμματου, μα σοφού στρατηγού προς τα νιάτα της Αθήνας του 1838:

Παιδιά μου! Εις τον τόπον τούτον, οπού εγώ πατώ σήμερα, επατούσαν και εδημηγορούσαν τον παλαιόν καιρόν άντρες σοφοί και άντρες με τους οποίους δεν είμαι άξιος να συγκριθώ, και ούτε να φθάσω τα ίχνη των….

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MARCH 25th – Celebration of Greek Independence Day

The celebration of Greek Independence Day on March 25th draws inspiration from one of the holiest days for Greek Orthodox Christians, the Annunciation of the Theotokos. This is the day that the Archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would bear a child. Bishop Germanos of Patras seized the opportunity by raising the banner of revolution, in an act of defiance against the Turks and marked the beginning of the War of Independence. Cries of Zito H Ellas and Eleftheria H Thanatos can still be heard today. These freedom fighters, or klephts as they were called, of Greece sacrificed much for their country. Kolokotronis, Nikitara, Karaiskakis, Bouboulina, and Mpotsaris are some of the heroes of the revolution.

The struggle for independence was supported abroad by intellectuals of the day. In addition to the Secret Society of Friends (Filiki Etaeria) and the Sacred Band (Ieros Lohos) prominent world figures including Lord Byron of England, Daniel Webster and Dr. Samuel Gridly Howe of the United States raised the interest level among Europeans and Americans.

After centuries of unsuccessful uprisings and failure of the Ottoman Empire to assimilate and convert the Greeks, The War of Independence began in 1821 rising up against 400 years of occupation and oppression by the Ottoman Turks. The origin of the Turkish occupancy began in 1453 with the fall of Constantinople (currently referred to as Istanbul). Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »