On March 25, 2021, Hellenes and Philhellenes “Steering Committee” in coordination with the Pontian Society ‘Panagia Soumela’ of Boston hosted an important event.

A ceremony was held on the historic warship USS Constitution “Old Ironsides” in Boston, MA to commemorate the 200-year Anniversary of the Greek Independence and the philhellenic movement in the United States at the time.

The USS Constitution was in the Mediterranean Sea during the years of the Greek Revolution, as well as in the Aegean Sea, where it escorted safely to port merchant vessels delivering humanitarian aid to the Greek people. The aid was sent from the good citizens of the United States. The role of the USS Constitution as part of the Mediterranean Squadron was to keep the sea lanes open to merchant shipping.

Greece and Cyprus’ national anthem Ὕμνος εἰς τὴν Ἐλευθερίαν – Hymn to Liberty” consists of 158 stanzas. Written by Dionysios Solomos in 1823, Stanza 22 honors the Philhellenic movement in America at the time of Greece’s War of Independence:

Stanza 22:

Γκαρδιακὰ χαροποιήθη
καὶ τοῦ Βάσιγκτον ἡ γῆ
καὶ τὰ σίδερα ἐνθυμήθη
ποῦ τὴν ἔδεναν κι αὐτή.

Wholeheartedly joyful
Was also Washington’s land
And the shackles that bound her
She remembered firsthand.

This event paid tribute to the Americans that honored and sacrificed for the freedom of people of common values and heritage. USS Constitution Commander John Benda gave the opening remarks. A USSC color guard presented the colors.

The event closed with a speech by the descendant of the Greek Revolution orphan George Sirian, who was rescued the ship USS Constitution, and transported to the USA as a refugee.

The national anthems of the United States and Greece were sung by Ms. Panayota Haloulakou.

Speakers included:

Geoffrey R. Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic
United States Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland
United States Congressman Gus Bilirakis of Florida
Mr. Stratos Efthymiou, Consul General of Greece in Boston
Mr. Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts
Ms. Anne Rand, President & Chief Executive Officer of the USS Constitution Museum
Mr. Hans Charles, Consul General of Haiti in Boston
Mr. João Pedro Fins do Lago, Consul General of Portugal in Boston
Ambassador Meron Reuben, Consul General of Israel in Boston
Ms. Gillian Kellogg, Descendant of the great Philhellene, Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe
Mr. Constantinos Velentzas, Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism, Athens, Greece
Prof. Emmanuel E. (Manolis) Paraschos, Professor Emeritus at Emerson College
Dr. Jeanne McDougall, great-great granddaughter of George Sirian

 

Tenth medal: The Swedish-Finnish Philhellene August Maximilian Myhrberg

 

 

After the first quadrilingual and luxurious anniversary edition related to the Philhellenism, we present an impressive collection of medals depicting 10 emblematic Philhellenes and 20 Greeks who contributed to the liberation of Greece.

Side A (recto) of the medal presents the emblem of the Friendly Society (Filiki Etairia), which organized the Greek Revolution, based on the values ​​of Hellenism and Philhellenism. Side B (verso) presents the figure of an important Philhellene or Greek actor of the Greek Revolution. The design and implementation of the medals is a product of the work of the Greek creator Mr. Thanassis Dovas, in collaboration with SHP and the Museum of Philhellenism.

The medals have a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 3.5 mm. They are offered in bronze, brass and silver, and are available individually (in a package of one medal) or in a case of ten.

Medal price (bronze or brass): 49 Euro.
Medal price (silver 925): 99 Euro.

For orders:
Tel: 6974750361
email: info@eefshp.org

 

Ninth medal: Ο Ludwig I, King of Bavaria

 

 

After the first quadrilingual and luxurious anniversary edition related to the Philhellenism, we present an impressive collection of medals depicting 10 emblematic Philhellenes and 20 Greeks who contributed to the liberation of Greece.

Side A (recto) of the medal presents the emblem of the Friendly Society (Filiki Etairia), which organized the Greek Revolution, based on the values ​​of Hellenism and Philhellenism. Side B (verso) presents the figure of an important Philhellene or Greek actor of the Greek Revolution. The design and implementation of the medals is a product of the work of the Greek creator Mr. Thanassis Dovas, in collaboration with SHP and the Museum of Philhellenism.

The medals have a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 3.5 mm. They are offered in bronze, brass and silver, and are available individually (in a package of one medal) or in a case of ten.

Medal price (bronze or brass): 49 Euro.
Medal price (silver 925): 99 Euro.

For orders:
Tel: 6974750361
email: info@eefshp.org

 

Painting depicting Lord Byron (1788 – 1824)
(dimensions 21 cm x 29,7 cm without the margins).

 

 

SHP and the Philhellenism Museum present a series of reproductions of emblematic paintings of the Museum’s collection. The copies are of excellent quality and are printed on canvas.

Price: 14 Euros

For orders:
Code: ASP3
Tel: 6974750361
email: info@eefshp.org

 

Eighth medal: The British Philhellene Frank Abney Hastings

 

 

After the first quadrilingual and luxurious anniversary edition related to the Philhellenism, we present an impressive collection of medals depicting 10 emblematic Philhellenes and 20 Greeks who contributed to the liberation of Greece.

Side A (recto) of the medal presents the emblem of the Friendly Society (Filiki Etairia), which organized the Greek Revolution, based on the values ​​of Hellenism and Philhellenism. Side B (verso) presents the figure of an important Philhellene or Greek actor of the Greek Revolution. The design and implementation of the medals is a product of the work of the Greek creator Mr. Thanassis Dovas, in collaboration with SHP and the Museum of Philhellenism.

The medals have a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 3.5 mm. They are offered in bronze, brass and silver, and are available individually (in a package of one medal) or in a case of ten.

Medal price (bronze or brass): 49 Euro.
Medal price (silver 925): 99 Euro.

For orders:
Tel: 6974750361
email: info@eefshp.org

 

Painting by the 19th century Hungarian painter Adalbert Schäffer (1815-1871).  It depicts a Greek revolutionary fighting in defense of his father. (Dimensions 21 cm x 29,7 cm without the margins).

 

 

SHP and the Philhellenism Museum present a series of reproductions of emblematic paintings of the Museum’s collection. The copies are of excellent quality and are printed on canvas.

Price: 14 Euros

For orders:
Code: ASP2
Tel: 6974750361
email: info@eefshp.org

 

Seventh medal: The Swiss Philhellene Jean Gabriel Eynard

 

 

After the first quadrilingual and luxurious anniversary edition related to the Philhellenism, we present an impressive collection of medals depicting 10 emblematic Philhellenes and 20 Greeks who contributed to the liberation of Greece.

Side A (recto) of the medal presents the emblem of the Friendly Society (Filiki Etairia), which organized the Greek Revolution, based on the values ​​of Hellenism and Philhellenism. Side B (verso) presents the figure of an important Philhellene or Greek actor of the Greek Revolution. The design and implementation of the medals is a product of the work of the Greek creator Mr. Thanassis Dovas, in collaboration with SHP and the Museum of Philhellenism.

The medals have a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 3.5 mm. They are offered in bronze, brass and silver, and are available individually (in a package of one medal) or in a case of ten.

Medal price (bronze or brass): 49 Euro.
Medal price (silver 925): 99 Euro.

For orders:
Tel: 6974750361
email: info@eefshp.org

 

Sixth medal: The French Philhellene Charles – Nicolas Fabvier

 

 

After the first quadrilingual and luxurious anniversary edition related to the Philhellenism, we present an impressive collection of medals depicting 10 emblematic Philhellenes and 20 Greeks who contributed to the liberation of Greece.

Side A (recto) of the medal presents the emblem of the Friendly Society (Filiki Etairia), which organized the Greek Revolution, based on the values ​​of Hellenism and Philhellenism. Side B (verso) presents the figure of an important Philhellene or Greek actor of the Greek Revolution. The design and implementation of the medals is a product of the work of the Greek creator Mr. Thanassis Dovas, in collaboration with SHP and the Museum of Philhellenism.

The medals have a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 3.5 mm. They are offered in bronze, brass and silver, and are available individually (in a package of one medal) or in a case of ten.

Medal price (bronze or brass): 49 Euro.
Medal price (silver 925): 99 Euro.

For orders:
Tel: 6974750361
email: info@eefshp.org

Anlässlich des 200. Jubiläums seit Beginn des griechischen Unabhängigkeitskampfes gegen die osmanische Herrschaft stellt Ihnen die Deutsche Botschaft Athen 21 Beispiele des deutschen Philhellenismus vor.

 

 

In March 1821, the Greeks started a struggle for independence, which brought the liberation of the Greek people from the Ottoman yoke. Few expected then that the slogan “freedom or death” that prevailed on the flags of the fighters, would be repeated in almost all European languages. The Greek Revolution inspired the uprisings of many European nations and its absolute success proved that freedom can be won even when objective conditions foretell defeat.

The goal of the struggling Greeks was to build a modern state based on the heritage of Greece but also of Europe: individual freedom, democracy, Christian values, which were embraced by the majority of society.

Foreigners rushed to help the Greeks. Among them were Poles, such as Franciszek Mierzejewski, who was killed along with his comrades in the Battle of Peta in 1822, fighting “for our and your freedom.”

The Greek ordeal in the struggle for an independent state – a victorious ordeal – was an inspiration to other oppressed nations.

Poland remembers that Greece was one of the first European countries to recognize its independence when it was reborn after 123 years of partition.

The Parliament of the Republic of Poland, for the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Greek Revolution, expresses its appreciation to the Greek Nation. Given the experiences of our own history, we know very well that any liberation uprising requires not only excessive courage, but above all, a strong belief in the ideals of freedom, which often require the ultimate sacrifice.

Today, we can proudly repeat the slogan of our common hero of the 20th century, George Ivanov-Sainovich, who at the time of his execution shouted: “Long live Greece, long live Poland!”.

Speaker of Parliament

Elżbieta Witek

 

SHP and the people of Greece thank the Parliament of Poland for this historic decision which confirms the longstanding friendship between the Greek and Polish people. The Philhellenism Museum will send a photo of a painting on the subject of the Greek Revolution that will be displayed on the facade of the Polish Parliament on March 25, 2021.