Somerville’s Greek Independence Day in Honor of PFC George Dilboy and Slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier

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By William Tauro

A fantastic event took place in Somerville this past Saturday morning, the Celebration of Greek Independence Day in honor of PFC George Dilboy at Somerville City Hall where they also gave an award in honor of slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

It all began with a procession commencing at the steps of Somerville City Hall which proceeded to the flagpole at the center of the city hall concourse where the National Anthem of the Untied States and Greece was performed by Connie Jannedy and the flags were raised.

From there the procession of over one hundred Greek Parishioners of the Greek Orthodox Church, friends, relatives and elected officials marched to the PFC George Dilboy Memorial Statue thats located at the corner of Highland Avenue in front of Somerville City Hall where a memorial service was performed by Rev. Fr. Konstantinos Manetas, Pastor Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of Somerville.

Private First Class George Dilboy who was the first Greek-American to receive a Medal of Honor during World War I and Slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier who was brutally murdered by the Boston Marathon Tsarnaev brothers during the Boston Marathon Bombing last April where both were honor at the event.

Mayor Joseph Curtatone placed a wreath at the PFC George Dilboy Memorial followed by a 21 Gun Salute by members of the George Dilboy Post Honor Guard.

Then the crowd made its way to the Alderman Chambers that’s located on the second floor of city hall where a welcome address took place.

Special guest speaker, the Hon. Mrs Ifigeneia Kanaras who is the Consol General of Greece in Boston addressed the crowd and gave thanks for everyones efforts that made the event possible.

Presentation of ghe George Dilboy Humanitarian Award was presented by Somerville Police Chief Charles Femino in honor of Officer Sean Collier and it was accepted by Somerville Deputy Police Chief Michael Cabral who accepted the award on behalf of the Collier family.

Guest Speaker Vangelis Kechris, Parish Council President, Dormition Church and Guest Soeaker Mr. Lost as Alexis President, Greek Mutual Benefit Association, PHAROS gave thanks and praise to Mayor Joe Curtatone, the Somerville Board of Alderman, Somerville Police Chief Charles Femino, Somerville Deputy Police Chief Mike Cabral, Somerville Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher, Community Liaison Carlene Campbell-Hagerty Veteran Services Director Jay Weaver, Post 19 Honor Guard, Peter Tsourianis, and the Somerville DPW who all made sure everything went smooth during the event.

Performances by the Children of the Church Greek School Program and the and the Church Dance Group and the “Evzoni” performed Cultural Greek dances in the chambers that were followed by closing remarks by Rev. Fr. Konstantinos Manetas.

 

Click here to see the video in it’s entirety  : http://youtu.be/3_siVu1AxMQ By William Tauro

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