21 March, 2007
Deputy Culture Minister George Orfanos, responsible for sports issues, will have a number of contacts with representatives of municipal, state and federal authorities in the United States as well as with members of the Greek-American community in New York, Washington and Chicago.
On Thursday, Orfanos will be honored in a special ceremony in New York by Drexel University, chaired by Greek-American Constantine Papadakis, and by the National Greek Television of America.
During his stay in New York, the deputy minister is also scheduled to give a press conference at the Press and Communication Office of the Consulate General of Greece.
On Friday, he will attend a ceremony at the White House marking Greece’s Independence Day during which US President Bush will proclaim March 25, 2007 “Greek Independence Day: National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy”.
Orfanos will also visit Chicago and on Sunday he will be the Grand Marshall in the Greek Independence Day parade on Halsted Street commemorating the start of the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821.
Source: Athens News Agency