Published in The New York Times, April 6, 1893
GREECE’S INDEPENDENCE DAY
That Is Why The Greek Flag Is Floating
Over City Hall
A few days ago Mayor Gilroy received a letter from Solon J. Vlasto, President of the Greek Society “Athena,” asking him to have the national flag of Greece displayed on the City Hall April 6, the anniversary of Greek independence. In his letter Mr. Vlasto recalled the aid that the citizens of New York had given those who were fighting for liberty in Greece in 1827.
A meeting of citizens was then held in the City Hall, about $50,000 was subscribed, and three vessels, the ship Chancellor and the brigs Six Brothers and Jane, were sent to Greece laden with provisions.
Through Secretary Holly, Mayor Gilroy replied that he would be very glad to comply with the request but that as the time was so short the city would not be able to procure a Greek flag.
Mr. Vlasto at once sent word that he would furnish the flag, and it will be duly displayed on the City Hall to-day.
In his letter thanking the Mayor and Mr. Holly, Mr. Vlasto said:
“I might add that on the Acropolis at Athens, above the noble ruins of the Parthenon, every Fourth of July the Stars and Stripes float as a remembrance of the debt of Greece to America."
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