New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Friday that numerous state landmarks will be lit blue and white at night in celebration of Greek Independence Day.
This year marks the 201st anniversary of Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Empire following the Greek revolution of 1821.
“Today we celebrate Greek Independence Day with New York’s Greek community by showing how thankful we are for their cultural contributions to this great state,” Governor Hochul said.
“Greek culture is built into the foundation of our everyday lives in many ways as New Yorkers,” the governor said. “I’m proud to light New York’s landmarks blue and white this evening to celebrate the strong ties we have with this great nation and its people.”
New York State has one of the largest Greek populations in the United States, contributing to every profession and sharing their culture through restaurants, churches, street festivals, parades and otherwise.
The landmarks to be lit in celebration of Greek Independence Day include:
- One World Trade Center
- Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
- Kosciuszko Bridge
- The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
- State Education Building
- Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
- Empire State Plaza
- State Fairgrounds – Main Gate and Expo Center
- Niagara Falls
- The “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson Bridge
- Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct
- Albany International Airport Gateway
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