Honoring the Freedom Fighters EOKA Struggle 1955-59 April 1, 2012

New York.- (Credit Apostolos Zoupaniotis of the Greek News)

The Cyprus Federation of America held a Memorial Service for the fallen heroes of EOKA, the 57th anniversary of the struggle of the Freedom fighters 1955-59. The event, organized by the CFA and PSEKA and under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Republic of Cyprus in New York, was attended by over 400 people at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Hempstead, New York and officiated by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.

The Defense Minister of Greece, Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, spoke in the church, who described the April 1 day a remembrance for Hellenism in every corner of the globe. Mr. Avramopoulos thanked the Cypriot organizations for inviting him to attend as he was here for an official visit to the U.S. to meet with his U.S. counterpart. “We are with you to share those sacrifices. You made. Referring to the sacrifices of the fighters of EOKA FIGHTERS were INTERRED, the Greek Defense Minister said that such was the Union of Cyprus with Greece, but the coup that followed paved the way to Turkish invaders.

Attending the service were the Chief General of Greece Michalis Kostarakos, the permanent representatives of Cyprus and Greece to the UN Ambassadors Nikos Emiliou and Anastasis Mitsialis, General consuls in Greece and Cyprus, Koula Sofianou and Giorgos Iliopoulos, Mr. Panicos Papanicolaou, President of the Cyprus Federation of America along with the CFA Executive Committee, Mr. Philip Christopher, President of the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus and many leaders of other organizations.

Officiating the service was His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.

The service was followed by a cultural event of the Cyprus Federation of America and PSEKA, under the auspices of the General Consulate of Cyprus for the struggle of EOKA FIGHTERS. Mr. Petros Petridis curated and featured songs, read stories of heroes and documentaries for the fight against the British. Event Chairman, Mr. Peter Louca, CFA Vice President and President of Asgata Association “Cyprus” presented the speakers and also recognized Mr. Andreas Karacostas who was one of the EOKA Freedom Fighters.

The President of the Cyprus Federation of Papanicolaou thanked the St. Paul’s community for hosting the event and stressed that it is our duty to honour those who gave their lives and because of their struggle we and our children can call ourselves Greeks today. Mr. Papanicolaou emphasized that His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has always stayed beside us and is willing to help wherever he is and always speaks about Cyprus.

The President of PSEKA Mr. Philip Christopher stressed that 57 years ago, the Greek Cypriots joined together and began a struggle for the freedom of Cyprus and that the fight continues today. He asks everyone to join in the battle and meet with Washington officials to speak about Cyprus until the fight is not over.

The General Consul of Greece Mr. Iliopoulos underlined that we pledge to continue the struggle until the liberation of occupied Cyprus. He stressed that Greece will always be present and they will not forget that Cyprus is one of their first priorities.

Greeting was given by the new Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN Ambassador Nicolas Emiliou, who arrived Saturday in New York City and assumed his duties today. Mr. Emiliou expressed joy that after his first day in New York, he joined his expatriates who are celebrating a day for Cyprus and that after 57 years; the soul of the Greeks in Cyprus began a struggle against a mighty Empire for liberty of their homeland. Unfortunately, after 57 years the struggle still continues with the homeland divided as a result of the Turkish invasion and occupation but the struggle remains high until freedom is restored in place and restore human rights. We commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives for freedom but we continue our struggle every day and this is the best we can do for the memory of those people who have given their lives for the fatherland. The Ambassador pledged his support and we will continue to support the struggle until Cyprus is free.

Archbishop Demetrios spoke of the heroes of EOKA FIGHTERS and stressed that, based on the life and the work they should formally be recognized as national heroes and martyrs. The Archbishop said that he will pressure the U.S. Administration to put an end to this injustice.