The City of Binghamton honored the heritage and history of its Greek residents.
Following a ceremony with local officials and community members, the Greek flag was raised outside City Hall downtown.
March 25th marks Greek Independence Day.
On this date in 1821, Greece gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire which had ruled over the region for close to 400 years.
Binghamton City Councilman Chris Papastrat says he is very proud of his heritage, but it’s also important to remember what he’s a part of now.
Chris Papastrat City Councilman says “It just signifies how this community came together. But the one thing I do stress is that it is a melting pot. All the different nationalities and cultures that have migrated to all parts of the country and here in Binghamton are Americans first.”
Papastrat says the City of Binghamton does a great job representing its diversity through the flag raisings and events such as the Greek and Italian Festivals along with the St.Patrick’s Day Parade.