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108th CONGRESS 2d Session S. RES. 308 Designating March 25, 2004, as ``Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy''. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 3, 2004 Mr. Specter (for himself, Mr. Allen, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Biden, Mr. Bingaman, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Breaux, Mr. Carper, Mr. Chafee, Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Corzine, Mr. Daschle, Mr. Dayton, Mr. DeWine, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Domenici, Mr. Dorgan, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Edwards, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Fitzgerald, Mr. Graham of South Carolina, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Gregg, Mr. Hagel, Mr. Harkin, Mr. Hollings, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Kohl, Ms. Landrieu, Mr. Lautenberg, Mr. Levin, Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Lott, Mr. Lugar, Ms. Mikulski, Mr. Miller, Ms. Murkowski, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Nelson of Florida, Mr. Nickles, Mr. Reed, Mr. Reid, Mr. Rockefeller, Mr. Santorum, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Smith, Ms. Snowe, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Voinovich, Mr. Warner, Mr. Wyden, and Mr. Feingold) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION Designating March 25, 2004, as ``Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy''. Whereas the ancient Greeks developed the concept of democracy, in which the supreme power to govern was vested in the people; Whereas the Founding Fathers of the United States drew heavily on the political experience and philosophy of ancient Greece in forming our representative democracy; Whereas Greek Commander in Chief Petros Mavromichalis, a founder of the modern Greek state, said to the citizens of the United States in 1821, ``it is in your land that liberty has fixed her abode and . . . in imitating you, we shall imitate our ancestors and be thought worthy of them if we succeed in resembling you''; Whereas Greece is one of only three nations in the world, beyond the former British Empire, that has been allied with the United States in every major international conflict for more than 100 years; Whereas Greece played a major role in the World War II struggle to protect freedom and democracy through such bravery as was shown in the historic Battle of Crete that presented the Axis land war with its first major setback, setting off a chain of events that significantly affected the outcome of World War II; Whereas the price for Greece in holding our common values in their region was high, as hundreds of thousands of civilians were killed in Greece during the World War II period; Whereas President George W. Bush, in recognizing Greek Independence Day, said, ``Greece and America have been firm allies in the great struggles for liberty. Americans will always remember Greek heroism and Greek sacrifice for the sake of freedom . . . [and] as the 21st Century dawns, Greece and America once again stand united; this time in the fight against terrorism. The United States deeply appreciates the role Greece is playing in the war against terror. . . . America and Greece are strong allies, and we're strategic partners.''; Whereas Greece is a stabilizing force by virtue of its political and economic power in the volatile Balkan region and is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe; Whereas Greece, through excellent work and cooperation with United States and international law enforcement agencies, arrested and convicted key members of the November 17 terrorist organization; Whereas President Bush stated that Greece's successful ``law enforcement operations against a terrorist organization [November 17] responsible for three decades of terrorist attacks underscore the important contributions Greece is making to the global war on terrorism''; Whereas the Olympic Games will be coming home in August 2004 to Athens, Greece, the land of their ancient birthplace 2,500 years ago and the city of their modern revival in 1896; Whereas the unprecedented Olympic security effort in Greece, including a record- setting expenditure of over $850,000,000 and assignment of over 50,000 security personnel, as well as the utilization of a 7-country Olympic Security Advisory Group which includes the United States, will contribute to a safe and secure environment for staging the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece; Whereas Greece, geographically located in a region where Christianity meets Islam and Judaism, maintains excellent relations with Muslim nations and Israel; Whereas Greece has had extraordinary success in recent years in furthering cross-cultural understanding and reducing tensions between Greece and Turkey; Whereas Greece and the United States are at the forefront of the effort for freedom, democracy, peace, stability, and human rights; Whereas those and other ideals have forged a close bond between our two nations and their peoples; Whereas March 25, 2004, marks the 183d anniversary of the beginning of the revolution that freed the Greek people from the Ottoman Empire; and Whereas it is proper and desirable to celebrate with the Greek people and to reaffirm the democratic principles from which our two great nations were born: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) designates March 25, 2004, as ``Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy''; and (2) requests that the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. <all>
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